Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard



Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era.

Haggard's childhood was troubled after the death of his father, and he was incarcerated several times in his youth. He managed to turn his life around and launch a successful country music career, gaining popularity with his songs about the working class that occasionally contained themes contrary to the prevailing anti-Vietnam War sentiment of much popular music of the time. Between the 1960s and the 1980s, he had 38 number-one hits on the US country charts, several of which also made the Billboard all-genre singles chart.[1] Haggard continued to release successful albums into the 2000s.

He received many honors and awards for his music, including a Kennedy Center Honor (2010), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), a BMI Icon Award (2006),[2] and induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1977),[3] Country Music Hall of Fame (1994)[4] and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame (1997).[5] He died on April 6, 2016 — his 79th birthday — at his ranch in Shasta County, California, having recently suffered from double pneumonia.[6]

Haggard's last recording, a song called "Kern River Blues," described his departure from Bakersfield in the late 1970s and his displeasure with politicians. The song was recorded February 9, 2016, and features his son Ben on guitar. This record was released on May 12, 2016.[7]



Mama Tried
"Mama Tried" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard.
Okie from Muskogee
"Okie from Muskogee" is a song recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard, which he co-wrote with Roy Edward Burris.
My Farewell to Elvis
My Farewell to Elvis is the 27th studio album by American country singer Merle Haggard, released in 1977, his first for MCA Records.
Mama Tried
Mama Tried is the seventh studio album by American country music singer and songwriter Merle Haggard, released on Capitol Records in 1968.

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Merle Haggard's Oldest Daughter Dana Dies At Age 61
  –  April 11, 2018
ALL ACCESS extends condolences to the family of Country icon MERLE HAGGARD following the death of his oldest ... DANA HAGGARD was a backup singer for her father's backing band, THE STRANGERS, for many years and also formed the short-lived MARTY AND DANA ...
Merle Haggard’s Oldest Daughter, Dana, Dead at 61
  –  April 12, 2018
“And she sang her heart out. We all knew who she was singing for.” Dana was born in 1957 to Merle Haggard and his first wife, Leona Hobbs. She was a musician in her own right, performing regularly in her father’s band, The Strangers. She also ...
Dana Haggard, Oldest Daughter of Merle Haggard, Dead at 61
  –  April 11, 2018
Merle Haggard's oldest daughter, Dana ... at the time of her death. A musician herself, she was a member of her father's band, the Strangers; she also used to perform with her brother, Marty Haggard, as Marty and Dana Haggard and the Driftwood Band ...
Merle Haggard's eldest daughter Dana dies at 61
  –  April 11, 2018
who attended Friday's dedication in downtown Bakersfield of the Merle Haggard Post Office. "God bless you Dana, we'll sing again over yonder," Bakersfield musician Ernie Lewis‎ wrote on Dana Haggard's Facebook page. "I will always treasure my memories of ...
Cleveland Act to Pay Tribute to Country Icon Merle Haggard
  –  March 27, 2018
The locally based Tex-Mex/country/Americana band Gringo Stew will commemorate the second anniversary of country singer-songwriter Merle Haggard’s death with a special concert that takes place on April 6 at the Music Box Supper Club. The day would have ...
All hail the Merle Haggard Post Office
  –  April 6, 2018
Since 2006, Merle Haggard Drive has connected Highway 99 to North Chester ... "I think we finally learned what it means to sing on the Streets of Bakersfield," said singer-guitarist Rick "Reno" Stevens, referencing the famous Buck Owens song.
Cleveland Act to Pay Tribute to Country Icon Merle Haggard
  –  March 27, 2018
The locally based Tex-Mex/country/Americana band Gringo Stew will commemorate the second anniversary of country singer-songwriter Merle Haggard’s death with a ... and then a set of our stuff,” says guitarist Frank Scialdone. “We have guest performers ...


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