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

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