Closing Time is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Tom Waits, released in March 1973 on Asylum Records. Produced and arranged by former Lovin' Spoonful member Jerry Yester, Closing Time was the first of seven of Waits's major releases through Asylum, the final being Heartattack and Vine (1980).
Upon release, the album was mildly successful in the United States, although it did not chart and received little attention from music press in the United Kingdom and elsewhere internationally. The album is noted for being folk and jazz influenced. Critical reaction to Closing Time was positive. The album's lead, and only, single, "Ol' '55", attracted attention due to a cover version by Waits's better known label mates The Eagles. Other songs from the album were covered by artists ranging from Tim Buckley to Bette Midler. The album has sold under 500,000 copies in the United States and has gained a contemporary cult following among rock fans. The album has been reissued twice since its initial release, in 1999 and again in 2010.
Tom Waits began his musical career in 1970, performing every Monday night at The Troubadour, a venue in Los Angeles. Waits's setlist at these