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Mel Street

Before his career ended in tragedy, Mel Street was a talented hard country singer whose emotional style harked back to the honky tonk of yesteryear. He was born King Malachi Street in Grundy,VA; most sources list his birth date as 1933, but his family claims 1935. The son of a coal miner, Street first performed publicly on a radio show at age 16. He married, had a family, and moved around Ohio for a few years working as an electrician on radio transmission towers. He started performing in Niagara Falls clubs in 1960 and simultaneously learned auto repair, which led to his moving back to West Virginia to open a body shop in 1963. He continued to sing, however, and eventually landed his own half-hour Saturday night show on a local TV station, which ran from 1968-1972. He released his first single, "Borrowed Angel," in 1970 on the small Tandem label, which was owned by cable TV company heads Jim and Jean Prater. It managed some airplay and was licensed for wider release by Royal American Records, which helped it become a Top Ten nationwide hit in 1972. Street signed to Metromedia and had his first and only Top Five hit with the follow-up, "Lovin' on the Back Streets," in 1973.

Now adopting a rigorous touring schedule, Street moved to GRT Records in 1974, where he had two Top 20 hits with "You Make Me Feel More Like a Man" and "Forbidden Angel." Another Top Ten hit, "I Met a Friend of Yours Today," arrived in 1976, after which he moved over to major label Polydor. Two albums followed in 1977 and 1978, and he had two more hits with "Barbara, Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know" and "If I Had a Cheating Heart." He was rewarded with a lucrative new contract with Mercury, and stardom appeared to be just around the corner. However, Street had been battling depression and alcohol problems for some time, and as his touring schedule took more and more of a toll on his family life, he became increasingly unable to cope. On October 21, 1978 -- his birthday -- he committed suicide. He had a couple of posthumous chart singles with "Just Hangin' On" and "Tonight Let's Sleep on It Baby," but sadly, his tremendous potential was never fully tapped. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Mel Street: 30 Songs

Disc 1

1. Now She's Anybody's Song

2. Guilty As Sin

3. Wine Me Up

4. You Make Me Feel More Like A Man

5. Forbidden Angel

6. I Found Heaven In Your Arms Tonight

7. Borrowed Angel

8. Don't Let Me Cross Over

9. Mountain Dew

10. Small Enough To Crawl

11. Ashes Of Love

12. Even The Bad Times Are Good

13. Who’ll Turn Out The The Lights (In Your World Tonight)

14. I Love You Because

15. Am I That Easy To Forget

Disc 2

1. Muddy Mississippi

2. Baby Don't Save Your Love For A Rainy Day

3. Let's Put Out The Fire

4. Body Man

5. Lovin' On Borrowed Time

6. You Cared Enough To Send The Very Best

7. Hide Me From The World

8. If Fingerprints Showed Up On Skin

9. Don't Be Angry

10. Country Pride

11. Don't Lead Me On

12. The Tried And Tested Kind

13. To See Virginia Again

14. Your Love Will Be Enough

15. Today I Started Loving You Again

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Track List: Super Hits

1. Smokey Mountain Memories

2. The One Thing My Lady Never Puts Into Words

3. Borrowed Angel

4. Lovin' On Backstreets

5. Forbidden Angel

6. You Make Me Feel More Like A Man

7. Looking Out My Window Through The Pain

8. The Town Where You Live

9. Even The Bad Times Are Good

10. I Met A Friend Of Yours Today

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Track List: In His Own Words

1. Borrowed Angel

2. Guilty As Sin

3. I Found Heaven In Your Arms Tonight

4. Body Man

5. Tonight Let's Sleep On It Baby

6. Don't Lead Me On

7. Baby Don't Save Your Love For A Rainy Day

8. You Cared Enough To Send The Very Best

9. The Tried And Tested Kind

10. To See Virginia Again

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Track List: Don't Let Me Cross Over

1. Don't Let Me Cross Over

2. Small Enough To Crawl

3. I Found Heaven In Your Arms Tonight

4. Guilty As Sin

5. You Cared Enough To Send The Very Best

6. Tonight Let's Sleep On It Baby

7. She Stood By Me

8. Slip Away

9. Spoiled Lonely Man

10. Stolen Love And Borrowed Time

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Track List: Forbidden Angel

1. Forbidden Angel

2. Borrowed Angel

3. Guilty As Sin

4. Now She's Anybody's Song

5. Don't Let Me Cross Over

6. Mountain Dew

7. You Make Me Feel More Like A Man

8. I Found Heaven In Your Arms Tonight

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Track List: Ashes Of Love

1. Small Enough To Crawl

2. Who’ll Turn Out The The Lights (In Your World Tonight)

3. Ashes Of Love

4. Even The Bad Times Are Good

5. I Love You Because

6. Wine Me Up

7. Am I That Easy To Forget

8. Don't Be Angry

9. If Fingerprints Showed Up On Skin

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Track List: Am I That Easy To Forget

1. Am I That Easy To Forget

2. Don’t Be Angry

3. Ashes Of Love

4. Even The Bad Times Are Good

5. I Love You Because

6. Who’ll Turn Out The The Lights (In Your World Tonight)

7. Wine Me Up

8. Today I Started Loving You Again

9. If Fingerprints Showed Up On Skin

10. Small Enough To Crawl

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Track List: Mel Street - At His Best

1. She Needs Someone To Hold Her

2. Good Hearted Woman

3. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

4. How Much More Can She Stand

5. I've Found Someone Of My Own

6. Rub It In

7. She's Too Good To Be True

8. This Time I've Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me

9. Burning Bridges

10. Hard Act To Follow

11. Heart Over Mind

12. Let The Four Winds Blow

13. Lord, I Need Somebody Bad

14. Strong Enough To Close My Eyes

15. You Cared Enough To Send The Very Best

16. Ashes Of Love

17. Big Blue Diamonds

18. Memory Train

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Track List: Mountain Dew

1. Mountain Dew

2. Strange, Empty World

3. To See Virginia Again

4. Angel With A Broken Wing

5. Borrowed Angel

6. Today I Started Loving You Again

7. Let's Put Out The Fire

8. Hide Me From The World

9. You Make Me Feel More Like A Man

10. Body Man

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Track List: 20 Super Hits

1. I Really Don't Want To Know

2. Fingerprints

3. Guitar Man

4. Walk On By

5. Moonshine Man

6. Now She's Anybody's Song

7. Baby Don't Save Your Love For A Rainy Day

8. The Tried And Tested Kind

9. I Can't Dance

10. I Need Somebody Bad

11. Let's Put Out The Fire

12. Country Pride

13. Pass Me By

14. House Of Pride

15. Listen

16. Your Love Will Be Enough

17. Hide Me From The World

18. She Likes To Boogie When He's Gone

19. Green River

20. Loving You Could Never Be Better

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Track List: 20 Greatest Hits

1. Borrowed Angel

2. Smokey Mountain Memories

3. You Make Me Feel More Like A Man

4. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

5. Even The Bad Times Are Good

6. Lovin' On The Backstreets

7. Forbidden Angel

8. I Met A Friend Of Yours Today

9. The One Thing My Lady Never Puts Into Words

10. Looking Out My Window Through The Pain

11. The Town Where You Live

12. Lovin' On Borrowed Time

13. Am I That Easy To Forget

14. Walk Softly On The Bridges

15. Even If I Have To Steal

16. Rodeo Bum

17. Who'll Turn Out The Lights (In Your World Tonight)

18. Don't Be Angry

19. This Ain't Just Another Lust Affair

20. The Devil In Your Kisses (And The Angel In Your Eyes)

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Mel Street was destined to be another George Jones however a struggle with depression and following a tradition started with his grandfather Mel committed suicide on the morning of his 42th birthday. What a tragic way to go.

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