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Mel Waiters Dead at 58

Mel Waiters, the flashy rhythmic blues singer known for party songs like “The Smaller The Club” and “Hole In The Wall” has died after a short battle with cancer, The Times Picayune reports.

He was 58.

Waiters was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where his powerful voice rang out in both the church choir and in nightclubs. He worked as a radio DJ and entertainer in venues that ranged from military bases to teen clubs.

Waiters had a career that spanned more than 40 years. He launched his debut album, I’m Serious in 1995 on the Baton Rouge-based Serious Sound label, establishing his modern soul blues sound.

His most recent album was February’s “True Love,” on his own Brittney Records label.

He is survived by his wife, Portia, and a daughter, Brittney. Our condolences go out to Mr. Waiters’ family.