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Mel Waiters

R&B singer Mel Waiters mixed the grit of urban blues with the grooves and spirit of vintage soul and created a sound that made him a headliner on the Southern soul circuit, where tunes like "Got My Whiskey," "Hole in the Wall," and "The Smaller the Club" ("the bigger the party") became fan favorites. Born in San Antonio, Texas on June 25, 1956, Waiters began performing when he was 18 years old, dividing his time between gigs at local soul clubs and singing with gospel choirs at church. At first, singing wasn't bringing Waiters a dependable income, so he sidelined as a radio DJ, and also found a lucrative gig performing at military bases. It was in the early '90s that Waiters career finally began to connect (Waiters claimed he got some useful advice and assistance from New Orleans R&B legend Bobby Marchan), and in 1995 he recorded his first album, I'm Serious. The year 1997 brought the album Woman in Need, which featured the first of Waiters' underground hits about the joys of partying, "Got My Whiskey," and between 1999 and 2015 Waiters released 11 albums, becoming a star on the circuit that had supported artists like Bobby Rush and Marvin Sease for decades and earning an especially loyal audience in New Orleans and St. Louis. In early 2015, the hard-working Waiters was diagnosed with cancer, and the singer died after a short battle with the disease on May 28, 2015. ~ Mark Deming
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  1.   Song
  2.   Hole in the Wall
  3.   Get It on Song
  4.   Meet Me Tonight
  5.   Bump and Grind
  6.   Got My Whiskey
  7.   Contact
  8.   When You Get Drunk
  9.   Smaller the Club
  10.   Let Me See You Cha-Cha
  11.   Down Home People
  12.   Blues Radio
  13.   I Ain't Gone Do It
  14.   Southern Soul Love
  15.   Bag of Ice
  16.   It's Not Yours
  17.   Throw Back Days
  18.   I Watch That Girl
  19.   (Sex) Or Make Love
  20.   Going Out Tonight
  21.   Close That Chapter
  22.   Shake a Plenty
  23.   Not Supposed To Love You
  24.   True Love
  25.   Real Simple
  26.   Pouring Salt
  27.   Rather Hurt Myself
  28.   Make You (Fall In Love)
  29.   Love Trap
  30.   Everything's Going Up
  31.   How Do You Do It
  32.   Half Pint
  33.   I Like Your Sister
  34.   Friday Night Fish Fry
  35.   What I Had in You
  36.   Whiskey and Pain
  37.   If it Ain't Broke
  38.   Find a Man to Dance
  39.   If I Fall In Love
  40.   If He Don't Care
  41.   Ladies Party Night
  42.   They Come Back
  43.   My Check is Spent
  44.   Miss Someone
  45.   Bar-B-Que
  46.   Hold That Thought
  47.   Disrespect

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