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

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