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

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