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

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