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Classic Rewind: Mel McDaniel – ‘Anger And Tears’

Mel McDaniel, best known for his up-tempo hits like ‘Louisiana Saturday Night’, ‘Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On’ and ‘Stand Up’ died yesterday. Here is one of his lesser known songs:

5 responses to “Classic Rewind: Mel McDaniel – ‘Anger And Tears’

  1. Tiffany Davis April 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Another one of the greats gone. A sad day for all. He was a great singer and will be missed.

  2. Razor X April 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I’m sorry to hear this.

  3. J.R. Journey April 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    “Louisiana Saturday Night’ is a personal favorite of mine – they just don’t write choruses like that anymore. And ‘Right In The Palm Of Your Hand’ is another favorite.

  4. Ken Johnson April 2, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Sad news indeed. Only 68 years old Mel was yet another victim of lung cancer.

    Though he never achieved superstar status Mel delivered a solid catalog of great music. Unlike most of today’s fabricated cookie-cutter country clones Mel possessed a very identifiable voice and a distinctive physical appearance.

    1987’s “Anger And Tears” should have been a hit. Great song. One of my other favorites by Mel was his first Capitol single from 1976 “Have A Dream On Me.” Though the majority of Mel’s singles never made the top ten he always chose quality songs and delivered first rate performances.

    Unfortunately most of Mel’s original hits are not currently available on CD. Several CD’s by other labels feature Mel’s re-recordings of his original Capitol hits. The sole Mel McDaniel Capitol/EMI Greatest Hits CD still in print contains a stingy 10 tracks with only 5 of his top ten singles (though it does include “Anger And Tears”) One CD worth searching for is the now out-of-print 14 track “Mel McDaniel – Signature Series” compilation released by CMG Records (CMG 3011-2) in 2003. ALL of Mel’s top 20 hits are there including songs not included on the Capitol/EMI Greatest Hits CD “Right In The Palm Of Your Hand,” “Real Good Feel Good Song,” “I Call It Love,” “Take Me To The Country,” “God Made Love,” and his only #1 hit “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On.” CMG Records is run by the PureCountryMusic catalog and website folks. They licensed Mel’s original Capitol/EMI master recordings for this collection. The audio quality is superb and it’s worth tracking down a used copy.

    God Bless you Mel and thanks for the great music.

  5. pwdennis April 3, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Mel appeared at the Florida Sunshine Opry about three years ago, and unfortunately, had lost most of his vocal abilities by then.

    I always thought Mel was best with ballads like “Love Lies” and “Hello Daddy Good Morning Darling”. As Ken mentioned, Mel is poorly served by the currently available CDs, but even during the LP era, some of his singles never made it onto an an album so to get some of his songs requires hunting down 45 rpms

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