Merle Haggard

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Legal name: Merle R. Haggard, Merle Ronald Haggard

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Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. 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 subject matter 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.

Merle's last recording, a song called "Kern River Blues", a song that describes Merle's departure from Bakersfield in the late 1970's and his displeasure with politicians. The song was recorded February 9, 2016 and features Merle's son Ben on guitar. The single will be released May 12, 2016 to mark the end of Merle's legendary career.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Strangers Merle Haggard 1
1966 Just Between the Two of Us Merle Haggard 1
1966 Swinging Doors Merle Haggard 1
1970 A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World Merle Haggard 1
1971 Someday We'll Look Back Merle Haggard 1
1972 Let Me Tell You About a Song Merle Haggard 1
1974 If We Make It Through December Merle Haggard 1
1977 Ramblin' Fever Merle Haggard 2
1977 My Farewell to Elvis Merle Haggard 1
1978 I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall Merle Haggard 2
1980 Back to the Barrooms Merle Haggard 5 2
1981 Songs for the Mama That Tried Merle Haggard 1
1981 Big City Merle Haggard 1
1982 Going Where the Lonely Go Merle Haggard 1
1982 A Taste of Yesterday's Wine Merle Haggard & George Jones 2
1982 Pancho & Lefty Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson 3
1983 That's the Way Love Goes Merle Haggard 1
1983 Heart To Heart Merle Haggard 1
1984 It's All in the Game Merle Haggard 1
1985 Amber Waves of Grain Merle Haggard 1
1985 Kern River Merle Haggard 1
1986 A Friend In California Merle Haggard 1
1986 Out Among the Stars Merle Haggard 1
1987 Chill Factor Merle Haggard 1
1987 Seashores of Old Mexico Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson 1
1987 Walking the Line Merle Haggard & George Jones & Willie Nelson 1
1988 Serving 190 Proof Merle Haggard 1
1989 5:01 Blues Merle Haggard 1
1991 All Night Long Merle Haggard 1
1994 1994 Merle Haggard 3 1
1995 Same Train, a Different Time Merle Haggard 2
1996 Golden Classics: 23 Classic Tracks Merle Haggard 1
1996 1996 Merle Haggard 3 1
1999 For The Record (43 Legendary Hits) Merle Haggard 1
2000 If I Could Only Fly Merle Haggard 3 1
2000 The Best Of Merle Haggard Merle Haggard 1
2001 Cabin in the Hills Merle Haggard 1
2001 Two Old Friends Merle Haggard & Albert Brumley Jr. 1
2001 Mama Tried Merle Haggard 1
2001 Roots, Volume 1 Merle Haggard 2
2002 The Peer Sessions Merle Haggard 1
2002 My Love Affair With Trains & The Roots of My Raising Merle Haggard 1
2003 Like Never Before Merle Haggard 1
2003 Goin' Home for Christmas Merle Haggard 3 1
2004 I Wish I Was Santa Claus Merle Haggard 1
2004 Unforgettable Merle Haggard 2
2005 Chicago Wind Merle Haggard 1
2006 Kickin' Out The Footlights...Again Merle Haggard & George Jones 1
2006 Sing Me Back Home/Legend of Bonnie & Clyde Merle Haggard 1
2007 The Bluegrass Sessions Merle Haggard 1
2010 I Am What I Am Merle Haggard 1
2011 Working in Tennessee Merle Haggard 1
2015 Django and Jimmie Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard 4
Back to the Barrooms/The Way I Am Merle Haggard 1
Greatest Hits Merle Haggard 1
Legend of Bonnie & Clyde / Pride in What I Am Merle Haggard 1
Okie From Muskogee Merle Haggard 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Collector's Series Merle Haggard 1
1990 More of the Best Merle Haggard 1
1990 Best of Country Blues Merle Haggard 1
1990 A Christmas Present Merle Haggard 2
1990 Greatest Hits of the 80's Merle Haggard 1
1991 Country Pride Merle Haggard 1
1993 Super Hits Merle Haggard 1
1994 #1 Hits Merle Haggard 2
1994 Hits Merle Haggard 1
1994 Super Hits, Volume 2 Merle Haggard 1
1995 The Lonesome Fugitive: The Merle Haggard Anthology (1963-1977) Merle Haggard 1
1995 24 Greatest Hits Merle Haggard 1
1995 20 Hits Special Collection Merle Haggard 1
1995 Merle Haggard: Legendary Country Singers Merle Haggard 1
1995 Untamed Hawk: The Early Recordings of Merle Haggard Merle Haggard 1
1996 Down Every Road Merle Haggard 1
1998 This Is Merle Haggard Merle Haggard 1
1998 16 Biggest Hits Merle Haggard 1
1999 12 #1 Hits, Vol. 1 Merle Haggard 1
2001 Train Whistle Blues: Classic Railroad Songs, Volume 5 Merle Haggard 1
2001 Prison Merle Haggard 1
2001 Drinkin' Merle Haggard 1
2002 I'm a Lonesome Fugitive / Mama Tried Merle Haggard 1
2002 20 Country No.1's Merle Haggard 1
2003 Classic American Voices: Merle Haggard Merle Haggard 1
2004 The Essential Merle Haggard - The Epic Years Merle Haggard 1
2004 Merle Haggard Love Songs Merle Haggard 1
2004 Country Royalty Patsy Cline / Merle Haggard 1
2004 Platinum & Gold Collection Merle Haggard 1
2004 The Platinum Collection Merle Haggard 1
2006 The Roots of My Raising Merle Haggard 1
2006 Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard Merle Haggard 1
2006 Hag / Someday We'll Look Back Merle Haggard 1
2006 Mama Tried / Pride in What I Am Merle Haggard 1
2007 Last of the Breed Willie Nelson / Merle Haggard / Ray Price 1
2007 Hag: The Studio Recordings 1969-1976 Merle Haggard 1
2007 Working Man's Journey Merle Haggard 1
2010 Kern River / Chill Factor Merle Haggard 1
2013 The Complete '60s Capitol Singles Merle Haggard 1
2013 Icon (Capitol) Merle Haggard 1
18 Rare Classics Merle Haggard 1
20 Greatest Hits Merle Haggard 1
21 Years of #1 Hits 1967-1987 Merle Haggard 1

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