I was reading this article about Tom Waits getting nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2011. What caught my eye was that he graduated out of Chula Vista. In the San Diego Union-Tribune article "Tom Waits A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee", George Varga writes:
"Veteran music maverick Tom Waits could soon become the first graduate of Chula Vista's Hilltop High School to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was one of 15 artists whose nomination was announced Tuesday. The inductees for the Rock Hall's class of 2011 will be announced in December, with the induction ceremony taking place March 14 in New York City."
You might have heard of some of the other 2011 nominees: Alice Cooper, Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi, Chic, Neil Diamond, Donovan, Dr. John, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex and Chuck Willis. (If this sounds like a blast from the past, let it be known that artists must wait 25 years after the release of their first recording to become eligible.)
But it gets even better.
Reading along, I found this little tidbit:
"Should Waits earn enough votes, he will become only one of a few musicians with San Diego ties to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bassist-singer Tina Weymouth, a Coronado native, was inducted in 2001 as a member of Talking Heads."
Say what? Is there something in the Coronado water system that creates future musical mega-stars? Here's just a few Coronado (former) residents that I know: Nick Reynolds of The Kingston Trio, Scott Weiland of The Stone Temple Pilots (and later Velvet Revolver) and now Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads! The Talking Heads alone tout a playlist of over a hundred original songs.
From 1975-1991, the Talking Heads were one of the most influential bands around.
Here is a video of the Talking Heads performing "Burning Down The House" at the 2002 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Watch for Tina:
And here they are in Rome in 1980 performing "Take Me To The River." Tina even has a small bass (guitar, not fish) solo . . .