Mel Waiters At Chicago Bluesfest

Mel Waiters, the Texas R&B singer who kept juke joints rolling and cookouts ablaze with his “Hole In The Wall” single has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.

Waiters, who was born in San Antonio on June 25, 1956, rose to prominence in the mid ’90s with the singles “Hit It & Quit It” and “Got My Whiskey”. He began performing in 1974, performing at teen clubs in his local San Antonio after an unsuccessful stint as a deejay in the area. He released a slew of albums including Woman In Need, Material Things, Let Me Show You How To Love, Nite Out and more.

Influenced primarily by Teddy Pendergrass, Mel Waiters’ smooth vocal style and his leaning towards slow, soulful ballads continued to bring him steadily more attention and his fourth album Material Things made the Billboard Top 100 R&B charts. The attendant single ‘Hole In The Wall’ was also a big seller. Among other hit singles have been ‘Man Shoes’, ‘Show You How To Love Again’, ‘How Can I Get Next To You’ and ‘The Smaller The Club’. Relaxed and unpretentious, Waiters’ material and his approach to it has made him a popular and much-heard radio attraction.