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, 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.

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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
20 Country Greats, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
20 Country Greats, Volume 10 Various Artists 1
20 Country Greats, Volume 11 Various Artists 1
30 Years of #1 Hits Various Artists 1
40 Ultimate Country Super Hits Various Artists 1
50 Country Golden Hits, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Absolute Country Gold Various Artists 1
All Star Country/Western Cavalcade Various Artists 1
All Time Classic Country Tearjerkers Various Artists 1
America's Country Various Artists 1
An Old Fashioned Country Christmas Various Artists 1
Between the Rails: America’s Train Songs Various Artists 1
Billboard #1's: Classic Country Various Artists 1
Christmas America Various Artists 1
Classic Country: Great Duets Various Artists 1
Columbia Country Classics, Volume 3: Americana Various Artists 1
Country Boot Scootin' Various Artists 1
Country Boys Various Artists 1
Country Christmas, Volume 2: 16 Biggest Hits Various Artists 1
Country Classics Various Artists 1
Country Gold Various Artists 1
Country Harmony Various Artists 1
Country Hits of the 70's Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Country Music Classics, Volume 3: 1965-1970 Various Artists 1
Country Music for Kids Various Artists 1
Country Roads Volume 7 Various Artists 1
Country Roads Volume 12 Various Artists 1
Country Trucker Songs Various Artists 1
Country's Greatest Drinking Songs Various Artists 1
Country’s Greatest Hits, Volume 15: Outlaw Country Various Artists 1
Evergreens Willie Nelson 1
Greatest Children's Christmas Hits Various Artists 1
Greatest Country Hits Various Artists 1
Hillbilly Fever, Volume 4: Legends of the West Coast Various Artists 1
Kings of Country Various Artists 1
Music City Hits: NSAI Songs of the Year Volume 4 Various Artists 1
My Very Special Guests George Jones 1
One Hell of a Ride Willie Nelson 5 1
Pancho, Lefty and Rudolph Various Artists 1
Ridin' West, Volume One Various Artists 1
Rock-N-Good Love Various Artists 1
Sony Soundtrack for a Century: Country: The American Tradition Various Artists 1
Southern Nights Various Artists 1
Stereoplay Special CD59: Country Various Artists 1
Super Hits of the '80s Various Artists 1
That's Country Various Artists 1
The Best of Country 1 Various Artists 1
The Best of Country Music Various Artists 1
The Heart of the Country Various Artists 1
The Kings & Queens of Country Various Artists 1
The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead Various Artists 1
The Original Country Album Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Platoon Various Artists 4 5
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Official Soundtrack Box Set Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Okie From Muskogee: Recorded "Live" in Muskogee, Oklahoma Merle Haggard and The Strangers 2
1996 The Best of Austin City Limits: Country Music's Finest Hour Various Artists 1
2004 Outlaws and Angels Willie Nelson 2
2007 Last Man Standing Live Jerry Lee Lewis 1
2008 An All Star Tribute to Johnny Cash Various Artists 3

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Convoy O.S.T. Various Artists 1
2001 The Gift Various Artists 1
2005 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Marco Beltrami 2
2006 Come Early Morning Various Artists 1
Texas Various Artists 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Old Friends Willie Nelson (and Friends) 1
1998 More Country Gold Various Artists 1
2006 The Best of Classic Country ’80s Various Artists 1
2007 Compadres: An Anthology of Duets Marty Stuart 1
Collection With Guests, Part 1 Ernest Tubb 1
Country Chartbusters Various Artists 1
Glen Campbell and Friends Various Artists 1
Take Me Home, Country Roads (disc 3) Various Artists 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Rebels & Outlaws: Music From the Wild Side of Life Various Artists 1

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