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.
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