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Mel Street was born October 21, 1935 in Grundy, Virginia. A gifted hard country singer, his idol was George Jones.

Street made his radio debut at the early age of 16 on a Bluefield, West Virginia radio station.  He played in nightclubs in and around West Virginia.  His breakthrough song was “Borrowed Angel,” first released in 1970 on a small regional label.  In 1972 Royal American Records picked the song up and it became a top 10 Billboard Country hit.  Street continued his success throughout the

His breakthrough song was “Borrowed Angel,” first released in 1970 on a small regional label.  In 1972, Royal American Records picked the song up and it became a top 10 Billboard Country hit.  Street continued his success throughout the

Street continued his success throughout the mid-1970s, recording several hits including “Lovin’ on the Back Streets “and “Smokey Mountain Memories.”  This country singer, songwriter and guitar player was great country talent.  But sadly suffering from clinical depression and alcoholism, he committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound on October 21, 1978 -- his 43rd birthday.  His idol, George Jones, sang at his funeral.  Jones admired his wonderful talent -- he wrote liner notes for one of his early albums.

 

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