Mel Waiters and Twinkle
'Mel Waiters had a largely black female audience eating out of the palm of his hand as he swept onto the stage wearing a pink suit and showing what an excellent showman he is. Originally from San Antonio, he is a big name on the chitlin circuit and knows how to whip up some fervour with a non stop, risqué and often amusing set, backed by a lively band and two female backing singers. Numbers included many of his hits, such as The Smaller The Club The Bigger The Party, Pop It Baby, Got No Curfew (much enjoyed by the ladies in the audience), Got My Whisky, Hit It And Quit It and Hole In The Wall. He also paid tribute to two Bobby's who have passed away recently - Bobby Womack (That's The Way I Feel about You) and Bobby Bland (Members Only Tonight).'
I hope that the reports are not true, but if they are I am sorry that yet another soul man has passed on, and I'm glad that I got to see him at his peak. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAhV7eECUKQ
The Vinyl Word also raises a glass to Twinkle (Ripley) who, as a 16 year old, had a big hit with the death
A final word too for drummer Mac Poole, who played with the Tales From The Woods band at the Joe Meek show in April 2014. Mac apparently turned down the chance to play with Led Zeppelin but played with the Dangerfield Band, Warhorse and Gong, among others. Another sad loss.