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  • 1. 

    In what U.S. state was Tom Waits born?

    • A.

      California

    • B.

      Maine

    • C.

      New York

    • D.

      Florida

    Correct Answer
    A. California
    Explanation
    Tom Waits was born in California.

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  • 2. 

    What Tom Waits song is Scarlett Johansson's debut album named for?

    • A.

      Closing Time

    • B.

      Anywhere I Lay My Head

    • C.

      Blind Love

    • D.

      Time

    Correct Answer
    B. Anywhere I Lay My Head
    Explanation
    Scarlett Johansson's debut album is named "Anywhere I Lay My Head" after the Tom Waits song of the same name. The album, released in 2008, features Johansson's cover versions of several Tom Waits songs, including the title track. By naming her album after this particular song, Johansson pays homage to Waits and showcases her admiration for his music.

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  • 3. 

    What is Tom Waits' middle name?

    • A.

      Daniel

    • B.

      Alex

    • C.

      Johnson

    • D.

      Alan

    Correct Answer
    D. Alan
    Explanation
    Tom Waits' middle name is Alan.

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  • 4. 

    Which is not a film featuring Tom Waits' acting or music?

    • A.

      Rumblefish

    • B.

      Paradise Alley

    • C.

      The Elephant Man

    • D.

      Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Correct Answer
    C. The Elephant Man
    Explanation
    The Elephant Man is not a film featuring Tom Waits' acting or music. Tom Waits did not have any involvement in the production of this film either as an actor or a musician.

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  • 5. 

    What is the title of Tom Waits' debut album?

    • A.

      Blood Money

    • B.

      Alice

    • C.

      Closing Time

    • D.

      The Heart Of Saturday Night

    Correct Answer
    C. Closing Time
    Explanation
    Closing Time is the correct answer because it is the title of Tom Waits' debut album. Released in 1973, Closing Time is a critically acclaimed album that showcases Waits' unique blend of folk, jazz, and blues. The album features songs like "Ol' 55" and "Martha," which have become fan favorites. Closing Time established Waits as a talented singer-songwriter and set the stage for his successful career in the music industry.

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  • 6. 

    Which of Tom Waits' songs was covered by The Eagles in 1974?

    • A.

      Martha

    • B.

      Rosie

    • C.

      Ol' '55

    • D.

      Virginia Avenue

    Correct Answer
    C. Ol' '55
    Explanation
    In 1974, The Eagles covered Tom Waits' song "Ol' '55." This song was included on their album "On the Border." The Eagles' version of the song became a hit and helped to popularize Tom Waits' music.

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  • 7. 

    Which English nursery rhyme is referenced in Tom Waits' "Midnight Lullaby"?

    • A.

      Over In The Meadow

    • B.

      Sing A Song Of Sixpence

    • C.

      Oranges And Lemons

    • D.

      Goosey Goosey Gander

    Correct Answer
    B. Sing A Song Of Sixpence
    Explanation
    In Tom Waits' "Midnight Lullaby," the referenced English nursery rhyme is "Sing A Song Of Sixpence." This nursery rhyme is known for its catchy melody and playful lyrics, often sung to entertain children. The mention of this nursery rhyme in the song suggests a nostalgic or whimsical tone, adding to the overall atmosphere of the lullaby.

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  • 8. 

    Who was the first artist to record the cover of a Tom Waits song?

    • A.

      Beck

    • B.

      Josh Caterer

    • C.

      Tim Buckley

    • D.

      The Eagles

    Correct Answer
    C. Tim Buckley
    Explanation
    Tim Buckley was the first artist to record a cover of a Tom Waits song. Tim Buckley was an American singer-songwriter known for his experimental and innovative approach to music. He recorded a cover of Tom Waits' song "Martha" in 1970, which was released on his album "Starsailor." This marked the first time a song by Tom Waits was covered by another artist, making Tim Buckley the pioneer in introducing Waits' music to a wider audience.

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  • 9. 

    Who sings a duet with Tom Waits in the song "I Never Talk to Strangers"?

    • A.

      Toni Arden

    • B.

      Fiona Apple

    • C.

      Madonna

    • D.

      Bette Midler

    Correct Answer
    D. Bette Midler
    Explanation
    Bette Midler sings a duet with Tom Waits in the song "I Never Talk to Strangers".

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  • 10. 

    Which song from "West Side Story" did Tom Waits cover on his album "Blue Valentine"?

    • A.

      Somewhere

    • B.

      One Hand, One Heart

    • C.

      Cool

    • D.

      America

    Correct Answer
    A. Somewhere
    Explanation
    Tom Waits covered the song "Somewhere" from "West Side Story" on his album "Blue Valentine".

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  • 11. 

    What was the title of Tom Waits' last album released with Asylum Records?

    • A.

      Heartattack And Vine

    • B.

      Blue Valentine

    • C.

      Closing Time

    • D.

      Small Change

    Correct Answer
    A. Heartattack And Vine
    Explanation
    Heartattack And Vine was the title of Tom Waits' last album released with Asylum Records.

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  • 12. 

    Who did Tom Waits marry in 1980?

    • A.

      Crystal Gayle

    • B.

      Kathleen Brennan

    • C.

      Fiona Apple

    • D.

      Bette Midler

    Correct Answer
    B. Kathleen Brennan
    Explanation
    Tom Waits married Kathleen Brennan in 1980.

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  • 13. 

    Which Tom Waits song was covered by Tori Amos on her 2001 album "Strange Little Girls"?

    • A.

      Time

    • B.

      Blind Love

    • C.

      Anywhere I Lay My Head

    • D.

      Singapore

    Correct Answer
    A. Time
    Explanation
    Tori Amos covered the Tom Waits song "Time" on her 2001 album "Strange Little Girls".

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  • 14. 

    Tom Waits recieved an Academy Award nomination for his soundtrack work on what 1982 movie?

    • A.

      Annie

    • B.

      One From The Heart

    • C.

      E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

    • D.

      Gandhi

    Correct Answer
    B. One From The Heart
    Explanation
    Tom Waits received an Academy Award nomination for his soundtrack work on the 1982 movie "One From The Heart".

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  • 15. 

    Which record label did Tom Waits first sign with?

    • A.

      Maverick Records

    • B.

      Asylum Records

    • C.

      Nonesuch Records

    • D.

      Bizarre Records

    Correct Answer
    D. Bizarre Records
    Explanation
    Tom Waits first signed with Bizarre Records.

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  • 16. 

    Which talent manager did Tom Waits sign with in 1971?

    • A.

      Alexis Rivera

    • B.

      Scott Siman

    • C.

      Herb Cohen

    • D.

      Glenn Wheatley

    Correct Answer
    C. Herb Cohen
    Explanation
    Tom Waits signed with talent manager Herb Cohen in 1971. Herb Cohen is a well-known music manager who has represented several iconic musicians throughout his career.

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  • 17. 

    Which Tom Waits song was covered by Tim Buckley in 1973?

    • A.

      Lonely

    • B.

      Martha

    • C.

      Closing Time

    • D.

      Virginia Avenue

    Correct Answer
    B. Martha
    Explanation
    Tim Buckley covered the Tom Waits song "Martha" in 1973.

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  • 18. 

    What California city was Tom Waits' "The Heart of Saturday Night" recorded in?

    • A.

      Hollywood

    • B.

      San Francisco

    • C.

      Los Angeles

    • D.

      San Diego

    Correct Answer
    A. Hollywood
    Explanation
    Tom Waits' "The Heart of Saturday Night" was recorded in Hollywood.

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  • 19. 

    Which artist's painting inspired the title of Tom Waits' "Nighthawks at the Diner"?

    • A.

      Mary Cassatt's

    • B.

      Edgar Degas'

    • C.

      Edward Hopper's

    • D.

      Robert Henri's

    Correct Answer
    C. Edward Hopper's
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Edward Hopper's. "Nighthawks at the Diner" is a reference to Edward Hopper's famous painting "Nighthawks," which depicts a late-night diner scene with customers sitting at the counter. Tom Waits' album title is inspired by Hopper's painting, evoking a similar atmosphere and mood in his music.

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  • 20. 

    Who is pictured with Tom Waits on the cover of "Foreign Affairs"?

    • A.

      Fiona Apple

    • B.

      Bette Midler

    • C.

      Rickie Lee Jones

    • D.

      Madonna

    Correct Answer
    C. Rickie Lee Jones
    Explanation
    Rickie Lee Jones is pictured with Tom Waits on the cover of "Foreign Affairs".

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  • 21. 

    Which Tom Waits album was named the second greatest of all time by "Spin" magazine in 1989?

    • A.

      Rain

    • B.

      One From The Heart

    • C.

      Closing Time

    • D.

      Swordfishtrombones

    Correct Answer
    D. Swordfishtrombones
    Explanation
    In 1989, "Spin" magazine named Tom Waits' album "Swordfishtrombones" as the second greatest album of all time. This recognition highlights the impact and quality of the album, solidifying its significance in the music industry.

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