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Joyce Street

Life Ain't Worth Livin' (If I Can't Have You) b/w Woman, Do Something Nice (For Your Brown Eyed Man)

Fresh off the bus from Mississippi, 18-year-old Joyce Street showed up at Reena Records’ Hollywood studio in 1969 with a demo and a dream. Inspired by R&B crooner Brook Benton, Joyce’s original “Life Ain’t Worth Livin’” was crafted with soulful intentions, but when producer Hal “Hillbilly Heaven” Southern got into the studio it ended up in a more countrypolitan place. “The atmosphere was positive and upbeat,” Street said. “Everyone liked my music, and seemed to be enjoying themselves. After the session was over, I left feeling good with high hopes.” Joyce’s debut Reena 45 quickly came and went, a fate shared with the two others that followed. She’d leave LA behind soon enough, taking with her a whole new parcel of songs for her days in Chillicothe, Ohio, and Austin, Texas. Hopes high, still dreaming. 

Track List

  1. Joyce Street Life Ain't Worth Livin'
  2. Joyce Street Woman, Do Something Nice