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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.   Got My Whiskey
  4.   Bump and Grind
  5.   Down Home People
  6.   (Sex) Or Make Love
  7.   Find a Man to Dance
  8.   If He Don't Care
  9.   Blues Radio
  10.   Friday Night Fish Fry
  11.   If it Ain't Broke
  12.   Bag of Ice
  13.   What I Had in You
  14.   Southern Soul Love
  15.   Whiskey and Pain
  16.   Real Simple
  17.   When You Get Drunk
  18.   Miss Someone
  19.   I Watch That Girl
  20.   I Ain't Gone Do It
  21.   Hold That Thought
  22.   Everything's Going Up
  23.   Ladies Party Night
  24.   I Like Your Sister
  25.   Smaller the Club
  26.   Throw Back Days
  27.   Contact
  28.   Shake a Plenty
  29.   Not Supposed To Love You
  30.   True Love
  31.   Disrespect
  32.   Let Me See You Cha-Cha
  33.   It's Not Yours
  34.   My Check is Spent
  35.   If I Fall In Love
  36.   They Come Back
  37.   Rather Hurt Myself
  38.   Bar-B-Que
  39.   How Do You Do It
  40.   Half Pint
  41.   Get It on Song
  42.   Meet Me Tonight
  43.   Pouring Salt
  44.   Love Trap
  45.   Make You (Fall In Love)
  46.   Going Out Tonight
  47.   Close That Chapter

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