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

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