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Encyclopedia > Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard
Background information
Birth name Merle Ronald Haggard
Also known as The Hag
Born April 6, 1937 (1937-04-06) (age 70)
Origin Bakersfield, CA, USA
Genre(s) Country Music
Occupation(s) Country music singer, guitarist and songwriter
Years active 1965Present
Label(s) Capitol Records Nashville
Website Official Website

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Emerging from prison in the 1960s, Haggard was one of the early innovators of the Bakersfield Sound. With his hard biting electric guitar, he almost singlehandedly introduced the electric sound to country music. By the 1970s, he was aligned with the growing outlaw country movement, and has continued to release successful albums through the 1990s and into the 2000s. His work in familiar country themes – jail, betrayal, drinking and wandering – include a directness that reflects his own life experience. His deep, grumbling voice and his guitar work gives his country a blues-like quality in many cuts. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The Bakersfield sound was a genre of country music developed in the mid- to late 1950s in and around Bakersfield, California, at bars such as The Blackboard. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Willie Nelson Outlaw country was a significant trend in country music during the late 1960s and the 1970s (and even into the 1980s in some cases), commonly referred to as The Outlaw Movement (both by fans and by people in the music industry) or simply Outlaw music [1]. The focus... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... The 2000s are the current decade, spanning from 2000 to 2009. ...

Contents

Early life

Haggard was born in Bakersfield, CA. His parents, Flossie Mae Harp and James Francis Haggard,[1] moved from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression; at that time, much of the population of Bakersfield was made up of economic refugees from Oklahoma and surrounding states. Haggard's father died when Merle was 9, and Merle began to rebel against his mother. Authorities put him in a juvenile detention center[citation needed]. Haggard's older brother gave him a guitar when Merle was twelve years old and he taught himself to play. In 1951, Haggard ran away to Texas with a friend but returned that same year and was arrested for truancy and petty larceny. He ran away from the next juvenile detention center to which he was sent and went to Modesto, California. He worked odd jobs - legal and not - and made his performing debut at a bar. Once he was found again, he was sent to the Preston School of Industry, a high-security installation. Shortly after he was released, 15 months later, Haggard was sent back after beating a local boy during a burglary attempt. Nickname: Location of Bakersfield, California Coordinates: , Country United States State California County Kern County Founded 1869 Government  - Mayor Harvey Hall Area  - City  131 sq mi (339. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The Great Depression was the result of the economic downturn that started with the Stock Market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. ... A youth detention center, also known as Juvenile Hall is a prison for people under the age of 18. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Truancy is a term used to describe any intentional unauthorized absence from compulsory schooling. ... In the United States, larceny is a common law crime involving stealing. ... Modesto is the county seat of Stanislaus County in the U.S. state of California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Introduction The Preston School of Industry is one of the oldest and best-known reform schools in the United States. ...


After his second release, Haggard saw Lefty Frizzell in concert with his friend Bob Teague and sang a couple of songs for him. Lefty was so impressed, he allowed Haggard to sing at the concert. The audience loved Haggard, and he began working on a full-time music career. After earning a local reputation, Haggard's money problems caught up with him, and he was arrested for a robbery in 1957. He was sent to prison in San Quentin for 15 years. Even in prison, Haggard was wild, running a gambling and brewing racket from his cell. Merle attended three of Johnny Cash's concerts at San Quentin. Cash inspired Haggard to straighten up and pursue his singing. Several years later, at another Cash concert, Haggard came up to Johnny and told him "I certainly enjoyed your show at San Quentin." Cash said "Merle, I don't remember you bein' in that show." Merle Haggard said, "Johnny, I wasn't in that show, I was in the audience." While put in solitary confinement, Haggard encountered author and death row inmate Caryl Chessman. Haggard had the opportunity to escape with a fellow inmate nicknamed "Rabbit", but passed on it. The inmate successfully escaped, only to shoot a police officer and return to San Quentin for execution. Chessman's predicament along with Rabbit's inspired Haggard to turn his life around, and he soon earned his high school equivalency diploma, kept a steady job in the prison's textile plant and played in the prison's band. He was released in 1960 and in March 1972 was pardoned by then California governor Ronald Reagan. Once released, Haggard said it took about four months to get used to being out of the penitentiary and that, at times, he actually wanted to go back in. He said it was the loneliest feeling he'd ever had. William Orville Lefty Frizzell (March 31, 1928 – July 19, 1975) was an American country music singer and songwriter of the 1950s; a leading exponent of the Honky Tonk style of country music. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Categories: Buildings and structures stubs | US geography stubs | Prisons in California ... It has been suggested that Johnny Cash family be merged into this article or section. ... Caryl Whittier Chessman (May 27, 1921 in St. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... A pardon is the forgiveness of a crime and the penalty associated with it. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ...


Country success

Upon his release, Haggard started digging ditches and wiring houses for his brother. Soon he was performing again, and later began recording with Tally Records. The Bakersfield Sound was developing in the area as a reaction against the over-produced honky tonk of the Nashville Sound. Haggard's first song was "Skid Row." In 1962, Haggard wound up performing at a Wynn Stewart show in Las Vegas and heard Wynn's "Sing a Sad Song". He asked for permission to record it, and the resulting single was a national hit in 1964. The Nashville sound in country music arose during the 1950s in the United States. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Winford Lindsey Stewart (born June 7, 1934 in Morrisville, Missouri, died July 17, 1985 in Hendersonville, Tennessee) was an American country music performer. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... Sing a Sad Song is a song written by Wynn Stewart. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ...


Haggard released a series of successful singles in the early 1960s, including "Just Between the Two of Us" (duet with Bonnie Owens) and "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers", both songs written by Liz Anderson. He then signed to Capitol Records and released "I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can" to limited sales. In 1966, however, his second Capitol single, "Swinging Doors", was a Top Five hit and Haggard had become a nationally known superstar. During the late 1960s, Haggard's chart success was consistent and impressive. "The Bottle Let Me Down", "The Fugitive", "Branded Man", "Mama Tried", "Sing Me Back Home", "Hungry Eyes," "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde", "I Threw Away the Rose", and "Cory Gazaway plays 2nd base for Carney Oklahoma" are among the more well-remembered titles. "Mama Tried" and "Killers Three Theme", sung by Merle, were part of the soundtrack to the 1968 film Killers Three, which also included Haggard's acting debut. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Liz Anderson was one of the major country music songwriters of the 1960s who was also one of the eras leading female vocalists. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Mama Tried is a song written by Merle Haggard released in the summer of 1968, becoming a a Billboard hit song by July and holding the #1 position for four weeks in August and September of that year. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Killers Three is a Western movie produced in 1968 by Dick Clark Productions and released by American International Pictures starring Robert Walker, Jr. ...


In 1968, Haggard's first tribute LP Same Train, Different Time: A Tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, was released to great acclaim. Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ...


"Okie From Muskogee", 1969's apparent political statement, was actually written as an abjectly humorous character portrait. Haggard called the song a "documentation of the uneducated that lived in America at the time." (Phipps 2001). He said later on the Bob Edwards Show that "I wrote it when I recently got out of the joint. I knew what it was like to lose my freedom, and I was getting really mad at these protestors. They didn't know anything more about the war in Vietnam than I did. I thought how my dad, who was from Oklahoma, would have felt. I felt I knew how those boys fighting in Vietnam felt." Later, Alabama Gov. George Wallace asked Haggard for an endorsement, which Haggard declined. However, Haggard does express sympathy with the "parochial" or conservative way of life expressed in "Okie" and songs such as "The Fightin' Side of Me" (ibid). It should be noted, however, that after "Okie" was released, Haggard wanted to release a self-penned song entitled "Irma Jackson" about an interracial couple; the single was quashed by his record company, although Tony Booth went on to record it in 1970. Location within the state of Oklahoma County Muskogee County Mayor Wren Stratton Area    - City 100. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The Bob Edwards Show is an American radio program presented by XM Satellite Radio every weekday morning at 8 AM Eastern, with repeats at 8 AM Central, 7 AM Pacific, 6 PM Mountain, and the next morning at 7 AM Eastern. ... George Corley Wallace, Jr. ... Anthony Booth (born October 9, 1931 in Liverpool, better known as Tony Booth) is a British actor, best known for his role in the BBC series Til Death Us Do Part. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ...


Regardless of exactly how they were intended, "Okie From Muskogee", "The Fightin' Side of Me", and "I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am" were hailed as anthems of the silent majority and presaged a trend in patriotic songs that would reappear years later with Charlie Daniels' "In America", Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA", and others. But other Haggard songs were appreciated regardless of politics: the Grateful Dead began performing Haggard's tune "Mama Tried" in 1969, and it stayed in their regular repertoire thereafter; singer-activist Joan Baez, whose political leanings couldn't be more different from those expressed in Haggard's above-referenced songs, nonetheless covered "Sing Me Back Home" and "Mama Tried" in 1969. The Everly Brothers also used both songs in their 1968 country-rock album Roots. Silent Majority was a Swiss rap and hip hop music group. ... Charlie Daniels performed at a USO concert at Camp Victory, Iraq on April 10, 2005 Charles Edward Daniels (born October 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina) is an American country music, Southern rock, and jazz singer, fiddler, and guitarist. ... Lee Greenwood Lee Greenwood (born October 27, 1942 in South Gate, California) is an American country music singer songwriter. ... God Bless the USA is an American patriotic song written by country musician Lee Greenwood. ... Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in San Francisco, California. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941) is an American folk singer and songwriter known for her highly individual vocal style. ... Mama Tried is a song written by Merle Haggard released in the summer of 1968, becoming a a Billboard hit song by July and holding the #1 position for four weeks in August and September of that year. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ...


Haggard's next LP was A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World (Or My Salute to Bob Wills), which helped spark a revival of western swing. A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World (Or My Salute to Bob Wills) is a 1970 album by Merle Haggard. ... Western swing is, first and foremost, a fusion of country music, several styles of jazz, pop music and blues aimed at dancers. ...


In 1972, then-Gov. Ronald Reagan gave Haggard a full pardon for his past crimes. Haggard often quips that few figures in history can become public enemy No. 1 and man of the year in the same 10-year period. Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ...


During the early to mid 1970s, Haggard's chart domination continued with songs like "Someday We'll Look Back", "Carolyn", "Grandma Harp", "Always Wanting You" and "The Roots of My Raising". He also wrote and performed the theme song to the TV series Movin' On, which gave him a further top-ten country hit. The 1973 recession anthem "If We Make It Through December" furthered Haggard's status as a champion of the working class. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Movin On (also known as In Tandem) was a television show that ran for two seasons (and a total of forty-six episodes), between 1974 and 1976. ... A recession is traditionally defined in macroeconomics as a decline in a countrys real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for two or more successive quarters of a year (equivalently, two consecutive quarters of negative real economic growth). ...


Haggard was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame was established by the Nashville Songwriters Foundation, Inc. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


Later years

"If We Make It Through December" turned out to be Haggard's last pop hit. He published an autobiography called Sing Me Back Home. Although he won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for 1984's a new kind of honky tonk had begun to overtake country music, and singers like George Strait and Randy Travis had taken over the charts. Haggard's last No. 1 hit was "Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star" from his smash album Chill Factor in 1988. The Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1965. ... Honky tonk was originally the name of a type of bar common throughout the southern United States, also Honkatonk or Honkey-tonk. ... George Harvey Strait, (born May 18, 1952), is an American country music singer. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


Although he has been outspoken in his dislike for modern country music, he has praised newer stars such as George Strait and Randy Travis. The Dixie Chicks paid him tribute by recording Darrell Scott's song "Long Time Gone", which criticizes Nashville trends: "We listen to the radio to hear what’s cookin’ / But the music ain’t got no soul / Now they sound tired but they don’t sound Haggard," with the following lines mentioning Johnny Cash and Hank Williams in the same vein. George Harvey Strait, (born May 18, 1952), is an American country music singer. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The Dixie Chicks: Martie, Natalie and Emily The Dixie Chicks is a country music group, formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas. ... Darrell Scott is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. ... It has been suggested that Johnny Cash family be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Audrey Williams be merged into this article or section. ...


In 2000, Haggard made a comeback of sorts, signing with the independent record label Anti and releasing the spare If I Could Only Fly to critical acclaim. He followed it in 2001 with Roots, Vol. 1, a collection of Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams and Hank Thompson covers, along with three Haggard originals. The album, recorded in Haggard's living room with no overdubs, featured Haggard's longtime bandmates The Strangers as well as Frizzell's original lead guitarist, Norman Stephens. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... William Orville Lefty Frizzell (March 31, 1928 – July 19, 1975) was an American country music singer and songwriter of the 1950s; a leading exponent of the Honky Tonk style of country music. ... It has been suggested that Audrey Williams be merged into this article or section. ... Hank Thompson (born September 3, 1925) is a country music entertainer whose career has spanned six decades and who has sold over 60 million records worldwide. ...


In December 2004, Haggard spoke at length on Larry King Live about his incarceration as a young man and said it was "hell" and "the scariest experience of my life." Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Larry King Live is a nightly CNN interview program hosted by broadcaster and writer Larry King. ...


In October 2005, Haggard released his newest album, "Chicago Wind", to mostly positive reviews. The album contained an anti-Iraq war song entitled "America First," in which he laments the nation's economy and faltering infrastructure, applauds its soldiers, and sings, "Let's get out of Iraq, and get back on track." Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2006, Haggard was back on the radio, in a duet with Gretchen Wilson, "Politically Uncorrect". He also featured on "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag" on Eric Church's debut album. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gretchen Frances Wilson (born June 26, 1973) is an American country music singer and guitarist. ... Eric Church is a Country music singer and songwriter. ...


On April 24, 2006 Haggard's former wife Bonnie Owens died in Bakersfield, CA due to Alzheimer's disease. She was 76. is the 114th day of the year (115th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bonnie Owens (1932 - 2006) Bonnie Owens (October 1, 1932 – April 24, 2006) was an American country music singer. ... Bakersfield is the county seat of Kern County, California, in the United States. ...


On December 19, 2006, the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a citizen led resolution to re-name a portion of 7th Standard Road in Oildale "Merle Haggard Drive." Merle Haggard Drive will stretch from North Chester Avenue west to Highway 99. The first street travelers will turn onto when they leave the new airport terminal will be Merle Haggard Drive. The name change, however is conditional in that $41,100 be raised by private funds to pay for the new road signs that will go up on county surface streets and along Highway 99. Haggard's Oildale home, made from a converted box car, is still lived in just south of Norris Road. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Haggard is working on a bluegrass album, which is due for release in 2007, along with his next Capitol Records release intitled "Hag's Christmas". Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the...


Equipment

Merle Haggard is a player of Fender guitars, both the Stratocaster and Telecaster, of which he has a signature model. He also plays six string acoustic models.


Albums

Year Album
1965 Strangers
1966 Just Between The Two Of Us (with Bonnie Owens)
Swinging Doors
1967 I'm A Lonesome Fugitive
Branded Man
1968 Sing Me Back Home
The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde
Mama Tried
1969 Pride In What I Am
Same Train, Different Time
A Portrait Of Merle Haggard
Close Up
Okie From Muskogee (Live)
1970 Introducing My Friends The Strangers
The Fightin' Side Of Me (Live)
A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World (Or My Salute to Bob Wills)
1971 Hag
Someday We'll Look Back
1972 The Land Of Many Churches (Live)
Let Me Tell You About A Song
It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)
1973 I Love Dixie Blues... So I Recorded "Live" In New Orleans (Live)
Totally Instrumental... With One Exception
Merle Haggard's Christmas Present
1974 If We Make It Through December
1975 Merle Haggard Presents His 30th Album
Keep Movin' On
1976 It's All In The Movies
My Love Affair With Trains
The Roots Of My Raising
1977 A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today
Ramblin' Fever
My Farewell To Elvis
1978 I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall
1979 Serving 190 Proof
1980 The Way I Am
Back To The Barrooms
1981 Rainbow Stew: Live at Anaheim Stadium (Live)
Songs For The Mama That Tried
Big City
1982 A Taste of Yesterday's Wine (with George Jones)
Going Where The Lonely Go
Goin' Home For Christmas
Pancho & Lefty (with Willie Nelson)
1983 Heart To Heart (with Leona Williams)
That's The Way Love Goes
The Epic Collection (Live)
1984 It's All In The Game
1985 Kern River
Amber Waves Of Grain (Live)
1986 A Friend In California
1987 Out Among The Stars
The Seashores Of Old Mexico (with Willie Nelson)
Chill Factor
1989 5:01 Blues
1990 Blue Jungle
1994 1994
1995 Greatest Hits - Finest Performances
1995 Classics
1996 1996
Down Every Road
1998 16 Biggest Hits
1999 For The Record: 43 Legendary Hits
Merle Haggard Live at Billy Bob's
2000 New Light Through Old Windows
If I Could Only Fly
2001 Cabin In The Hills
Two Old Friends (with Al Brumley Jr.)
Roots Volume 1
2002 The Peer Sessions
2004 Haggard Like Never Before
40 #1 Hits
Unforgettable Merle Haggard
Ol' Country Singer: Live at Billy Bob's Texas
I Wish I Was Santa Claus
2005 Chicago Wind
2006 Kickin' Out the Footlights...Again (with George Jones)
2007 Last of the Breed (with Willie Nelson and Ray Price)

See also: 1964 in country music, 1965 in music, other events of 1965, 1966 in country music, 1960s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... See also: 1965 in country music, 1966 in music, other events of 1966, 1967 in country music, 1960s in music and the List of years in Country Music // March 15 – Roger Miller wins six Grammy Awards, five of them related to his hit King of the Road. ... Bonnie Owens (1932 - 2006) Bonnie Owens (October 1, 1932 – April 24, 2006) was an American country music singer. ... See also: 1966 in country music, 1967 in music, other events of 1967, 1968 in country music, 1960s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... Branded Man is an album by country singer Merle Haggard. ... See also: 1967 in country music, 1968 in music, other events of 1968, 1969 in country music, 1960s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... See also: 1968 in country music, 1969 in music, other events of 1969, 1970 in country music, 1960s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... Okie From Muskogee is an album by Merle Haggard and the Strangers. ... See also: 1969 in country music, 1970 in music, other events of 1970, 1971 in country music, 1970s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World (Or My Salute to Bob Wills) is a 1970 album by Merle Haggard. ... See also: 1970 in country music, 1971 in music, other events of 1971, 1972 in country music, 1970s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Seeking younger, more urbane viewers, CBS cancels nearly all of its rural-themed programming. ... 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Soundtracks

Year Album
1968 Killers Three
1980 Bronco Billy
1997 Wag The Dog

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Gold & Platinum Albums

Certification Date Album Certified Record Label
October 2, 1970 Okie From Muskogee Gold Capitol Records Nashville
March 11, 1971 The Fightin' Side Of Me Gold Capitol Records Nashville
April 30, 1974 The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard Gold Capitol Records Nashville
July 11, 1983 Big City Gold Capitol Records Nashville
July 11, 1983 Pancho And Lefty Gold Epic Nashville
August 7, 1984 Pancho And Lefty Platinum Epic Nashville
August 7, 1989 His Epic - The First Eleven - To Be Continued Gold Capitol Records Nashville
December 3, 1991 The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard Platinum Capitol Records Nashvile
December 3, 1991 Okie From Muskogee Platinum Capitol Records Nashville
January 29, 1997 His Epic - The First Eleven - To Be Continued Platinum Capitol Records Nashville
November 5, 2002 For The Record Gold RCA Nashville
November 5, 2002 16 Biggest Hits Gold Legacy/Epic
November 14, 2002 Super Hits Vol. 2 Gold Epic Nashville

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38 #1 Hits

  1. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive
  2. Branded Man
  3. Sing Me Back Home
  4. The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde
  5. Mama Tried
  6. Hungry Eyes
  7. Workin' Man Blues
  8. Okie From Muskogee
  9. The Fightin' Side of Me
  10. Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)
  11. Carolyn
  12. Grandma Harp
  13. It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)
  14. Everybody's Had the Blues
  15. I Wonder if They Ever Think of Me
  16. If We Make It Through December
  17. Old Man from the Mountain
  18. Things Aren't Funny Anymore
  19. Always Wanting You
  20. Kentucky Gambler
  21. Movin' On
  22. It's All In The Movies
  23. Cherokee Maiden
  24. The Roots of My Raising
  25. I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink
  26. Bar Room Buddies (with Clint Eastwood)
  27. My Favorite Memory
  28. Big City
  29. Yesterday's Wine (with George Jones)
  30. Going Where the Lonely Go
  31. You Take Me For Granted
  32. Pancho And Lefty (with Willie Nelson)
  33. That's The Way Love Goes
  34. Someday When Things Are Good
  35. Let's Chase Each Other Around The Room
  36. A Place to Fall Apart
  37. Natural High
  38. Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Star

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Awards

Year Award
2006 Grammy Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award
2004 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year
1998 Grammy Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, Hall of Fame Award
1994 Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame
1990 TNN / Music City News Living Legend
1984 Grammy Best Male Country Vocal Performance
1983 Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year
1982 Academy of Country Music Song of the Year
1981 Academy of Country Music Top Male Vocalist
1980 BMI Songwriters/Publishers of the Year
1977 Elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
1976 BMI Songwriters/Publishers of the Year
1974 Academy of Country Music Top Male Vocalist
1972 Academy of Country Music Top Male Vocalist
Country Music Awards Album of the Year
1970 Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist
Country Music Awards Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year,
Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year
1969 Academy of Country Music Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Top Male Vocalist
1968 Academy of Country Music Top Vocal Duet
Music City News Country Male Artist of the Year
1967 Academy of Country Music Top Vocal Duet
Music City News Country Male Artist of the Year
1966 Academy of Country Music Top Male Vocalist, Top Vocal Duet
1965 Academy of Country Music Top New Male Vocalist, Top Vocal Duet

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Miscellany

  • In 1976 Merle appeared as country singer Red Turner in the Waltons. In "The Comeback" (Season 5 Episode 3) Red, who had given up on music following the death of his son from leukemia, is persuaded by Jason to make a comeback at the Dew Drop Inn.
  • On the 1995 Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross, Haggard corrected the usual story that it was his mother who put him in juvenile detention, saying that in fact it was the local authorities.
  • Darrell Scott wrote and first performed "Long Time Gone"; the Dixie Chicks recorded it years later.
  • Merle is referred to frequently in the popular British TV comedy/drama series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (second series). Where the Character 'Oz', portrayed by actor Jimmy Nail claims to have met him in Nashville TN while vacationing there. In a later episode of the same series Jimmy Nail, who later went on to become a moderately successful singer himself, performs one of Merle's songs "I can't be myself".
  • In the graphic novel Sin City, Haggard is referenced as one of Marv's favorite singers.
  • Merle's 1975 #1 hit song "Movin' On" was the theme song for the NBC TV series, Movin' On . The series about a pair of truck drivers ran for forty-six episodes.
  • Neotraditional country newcomer Blaine Larsen refers to Merle in his song If Merle Would Sing My Song from his 2006 album Off To Join The World.
  • Pure Prairie League honored Merle Haggard with their 1975 re-recording of Blues-Rocker Nick Gravenites' "I'll Change Your Flat Tire, Merle".
  • In October 2004 Always Wanting You appeared on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas soundtrack, playing on fictional country music station K-ROSE.
  • "As I drove down on 65 I was crusin' down that ole grapevine, well I must have been doin' at least about 95. Right there on the side of the road I broke down and who do you think was a'standin' around but the Greatest Country singer alive! I'll fix your flat tire Merle. Don't get you sweet country-pickin' fingers all covered with erl. Cause you're a honky I know but Merle you got soul, and I'll fix your flat tire, Merle." – N/A
  • Played the role of Cisco Calendar in Centennial (miniseries). He also sang John Denver's "I Guess he'd Rather be in Colorado" in the miniseries.
  • In the Bloodhound Gang's country-and-western parody A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When The Stripper Is Crying, the narrator describes a night when he was 'lonelier than Kunta Kinte at a Merle Haggard councert'.
  • CMT in 2003 ranked Haggard #6 in CMT's 40 Greatest Men in Country Music.
  • In 2005 he appeared as himself in Michael Mabbott's pseudo-rockumentary The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico. Haggard is attributed with giving the fictional Canadian musician a black eye before a big television appearance.
  • In french, the world "merle" means "blackbird".
  • The song Rollin' On by Kentucky rock band Black Stone Cherry has the line "Hey, Merle Haggard I know what you mean when you say sing me back home" in the chorus

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References

  • Di Salvatore, Bryan. (1998). "Merle Haggard". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 222-4.
  • Aron A. Fox, "White Trash Alchemies of the Abject Sublime: Country as 'Bad' Music", in Christopher J. Washburne and Maiken Derno (eds.), Bad Music: The Music We Love to Hate, New York: Routledge, 2004 (ISBN 0-415-94366-3).

Footnotes

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