Mel Street

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: VIAF Wikipedia

Biography

King Malachi Street, 21 October 1933, near Grundy, West Virginia, USA, d. 21 October 1978, Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA. Street performed on local radio in the 50s and then he moved to Niagara Falls and New York, making his living on building sites. He later wrote and recorded the song ‘The High Line Man’, about working on radio station masts. He returned to West Virginia and worked in car repairs. He also played clubs and honky tonks, and he recorded his song ‘Borrowed Angel’ in 1970. Two years later it was reissued and became a US country hit. He had further hits with ‘Lovin’ On Back Streets’ and ‘I Met A Friend Of Yours Today’. Street became an alcoholic and, beset by personal problems, he shot himself on his 45th birthday in Hendersonville, Tennessee. His US single at the time was ‘Just Hangin’ On’. George Jones sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at his funeral. Since his death, he has had country hits...

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