King Malachi "Mel" Street October 21, — October 21, was an American country music singer who had 13 top hits on the Billboard country charts. Street was born in Rowe, Virginia to a coal mining family. Street subsequently worked as a radio tower electrician in Ohio and as a nightclub performer in the Niagara Falls, New York area. He moved back to West Virginia in to open an auto body shop. From toStreet hosted a show on a Bluefield, West Virginia television station.
A larger label, Royal American Records, picked it up in and it became a top Mel Street - Shady Rest hit. He recorded the biggest hit of his career, "Lovin' on Back Streets", in Street's last television appearance was in He signed with Mercury Records inbut suffering from clinical depression and alcoholismhe killed himself by a self-inflicted gunshot on October 21,his 45th birthday.
He had a Mel Street - Shady Rest debut on the country charts on October 21 as well, called "Just Hangin' On",  and later charted four posthumous songs. Street's idol George Jones sang at his funeral. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mel Street. Retrieved 13 February The Social Security Death Index also shows Categories : births deaths People from Grundy, Virginia American male singer-songwriters American country singer-songwriters Mercury Records artists Singers who committed suicide Polydor Records artists 20th-century American singers Songwriters from Virginia Male suicides 20th-century male singers.
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