Mel Street: Age 45 | Cause Of Death: SUICIDE

(b. King Malachi Street, 21 October 1933, near Grundy, West Virginia, d. 12 October 1978).

Street began performing 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,  played clubs and honky tonks, and he recorded his song, Borrowed Angel, for a small label in 1970. Two years later it was reissued and became a US country hit. 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.