Merle Haggard, singer, songwriter
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: Merle Ronald Haggard

Merle Haggard

April 6, 1937 Bakersfield, CA ~ April 6, 2016

“My second wife Bonnie Owens and I worked together after we divorced for a period of maybe 20 years. And I managed to stay friends with another wife. And then there's one that I don't mess with. Everybody's got one of those.” ~ Merle Haggard

Country legend Merle Haggard, often called “the Poet of the Common Man,” whose music reflected his hardscrabble roots and hard-living ways as well as a tenderness that made him a revered songwriter, died Wednesday at his home near Redding, Calif. He was 79. ~ Variety: Merle Haggard Obituary ~ April 6, 2016 © Variety

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April 6, 1974 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) John Denver, Sunshine On My Shoulders ~ #2 (4) Elton John, Bennie And The Jets ~ #1 (2) Blue Swede, Hooked On A Feeling

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Originally a troubled youngster who served time in San Quentin prison, Merle Haggard grew to become a country music legend. ~ Biography: Merle Haggard ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 © Biography.com

“When I was nine years old, right after my dad died, my mother got me some violin lessons with this big heavyset lady. It took nine lessons before this lady said to my mother, “You're wasting your money. He's got too good an ear. He's not going to fool with learning to read when he can play something that he hears on the radio.” When I heard her say that, I knew I had something.” ~ Merle Haggard ~ Esquire: Merle Haggard Interview ~ August 23, 2007 © Esquire

Merle Haggard ~ Inducted in the 1977 Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

In 2012 no less than five Merle Haggard albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #494 Sing Me Back Home (1968) ~ #420 Back To The Barrooms (1980) ~ #368 Mama Tried (1968) ~ #210 Branded Man (1969) ~ #22 Swinging Doors/The Bottle Let Me Down (1966)

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard ~ It's All Going To Pot (Cannon/Johnson/Shell) ~ Ranked #8 SPIN 40 Best Country Songs Of 2015 ~ It’s All Going to Pot works its central conceit from about a half-dozen different, equally chortling directions, ending up with a song that’s as snide and cynical as it is winking and celebratory. ~ 2015 © SPIN



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