Hundreds of tributes from far and wide are flowing in to Mel Williams' Facebook page after the news broke that the great entertainer had died on Wednesday.
Mel was raised in the 40s and 50s and rose to fame performing alongside the likes of Bill Haley, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, The Rolling Stones, Jerry Lee, Joe Cocker, Van Morrison, the great Lonnie Donegan and many more.
His book 'Nearly Famous' and many recordings have sold all over the world and since 1974 he became one of the most popular entertainers on the Costa del Sol performing at Mel's Beach, Banana Beach, Mel's Club Banús and Bikini Beach.
Maurice Boland expressed his "shock and sadness" at the news and confessed that "Mel has always been an inspiration to me from stage to charity. He was a wonderful friend and a bigger than life personality."
Restauranteur Brigitte Pigani of La Fiorentina admitted she was 'Making plans with him for the winter" and felt "so sad" at the news.
Lesley Harrison, who was in his band performing in theatres, concerts, restaurants and bars said, "He was my protector, my best friend, my family, and music partner. I will miss him every day."