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

Merle Haggard

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

“Nashville has been very nice to me. They've come to appreciate my music, I guess, over the years. Regardless of the fact that I didn't live there, they were kind to me when it came time for the awards each year.” ~ 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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If the question were asked, “Who forged the genre that is known today as ‘modern country music’?,” only a tiny group of country immortals could step forward to share the spotlight. One, out of that select handful, would be Merle Haggard. ~ Breakout Management: Merle Haggard ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 © Breakout Management

Others who have lived through those same situations recognize the truth in the stories he tells. But Haggard’s real gift is that anyone who hears his songs recognizes the truth in them. When a Merle Haggard song plays, it can make an innocent-as-apple-pie grandma understand the stark loneliness and self-loathing of a prisoner on death row; a rich kid who never wanted for any material possession get a feel for the pain of wondering where the next meal will come from; a tee-totaling pillar of the community sympathize with the poor heartbroken guy downing shots at the local bar. ~ Merle Haggard ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 ©

Merle Haggard ~ Ranked #77 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers in 2008. ~ Merle Haggard's tough but smooth baritone epitomized Sixties and Seventies country, from the stubborn attack of Okie From Muskogee and The Fightin' Side Of Me to the delicate crooning on Silver Wings and If We Make It Through December. ~ 2008 © Rolling Stone

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)

Merle Haggard ~ Sing Me Back Home (Haggard) ~ Ranked #356 RIAA Songs Of The Century in 2001

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