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Merle Haggard

Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American 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 hi ...read more

Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American 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. 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), and induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1977), Country Music Hall of Fame (1994) and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame (1997). He died on April 6, 2016 — his 79th birthday — at his ranch in Northern California, having recently suffered from double pneumonia. 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, marking the end of Haggard's music career. Courtesy of Wikipedia « hide

Similar Bands: Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, Gram Parsons

LPs
Working in Tennessee
2011

3.8
4 Votes
I Am What I Am
2010

3.5
1 Votes
The Bluegrass Sessions
2007

Chicago Wind
2005

3.5
4 Votes
Like Never Before
2003

3.5
1 Votes
Roots, Vol. 1
2001

3.5
1 Votes
If I Could Only Fly
2000

3.8
5 Votes
1994
1994

3
2 Votes
Going Where The Lonely Go
1982

3.9
5 Votes
Big City
1981

3.5
2 Votes
Back To The Barrooms
1980

3.6
4 Votes
Serving 190 Proof
1979

4
4 Votes
A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today
1977

4.1
4 Votes
Ramblin' Fever
1977

3.7
3 Votes
My Love Affair With Trains
1976

3.5
1 Votes
The Roots Of My Raising
1976

3.5
2 Votes
Keep Movin' On
1975

3.7
3 Votes
I Love Dixie Blues
1973

3
2 Votes
Let Me Tell You About A Song
1972

3.5
3 Votes
Hag
1971

3.2
6 Votes
Someday We'll Look Back
1971

3.8
3 Votes
...The Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World
1970

3.5
1 Votes
Same Train, A Different Time
1969

3.7
3 Votes
A Portrait Of Merle Haggard
1969

3.5
1 Votes
Pride In What I Am
1969

3.5
2 Votes
Sing Me Back Home
1968

4
4 Votes
The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde
1968

3.6
4 Votes
Mama Tried
1968

4
24 Votes
I'm A Lonesome Fugitive
1967

4
19 Votes
Branded Man
1967

3.7
10 Votes
Swinging Doors and the Bottle Let Me Down
1966

3.8
10 Votes
Strangers
1965

3.9
5 Votes
Compilations
Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard
2006

3.9
7 Votes
For the Record: 43 Legendary Hits
1999

Down Every Road
1996

2
1 Votes
Songs I'll Always Sing
1977

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