Merle Haggard

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Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country and Western songwriter, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the unique 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.

By the 1970s, Haggard was aligned with the growing outlaw country movement, and has continued to release successful albums through the 1990s and into the 2000s. In 1994, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1997, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Mr. Hag Told My Story Johnny Paycheck 1
1982 Wild & Blue John Anderson 3
1985 Half Nelson Willie Nelson 1
1990 Heroes & Friends Randy Travis 1
1993 Tribute to the music of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys Asleep at the Wheel 1
1998 Tribute to Tradition Various Artists 1
1999 Ride With Bob Asleep at the Wheel 1
2000 Ray Charles & Friends Ray Charles 1
2002 Lay Some Happiness on Me: The Reprise Years and More 1967-1985 Dean Martin 1
2003 Country Music Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives 1
2003 Livin' Lovin' Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers Various Artists 1
2004 Country's 20 Classic Gospel: Songs of the Century Various Artists 1
2005 Honkytonk University Toby Keith 2
2005 Friendship Ray Charles 2
2005 All Jacked Up Gretchen Wilson 3
2005 Off to Join the World Blaine Larsen 1
2006 Sinners Like Me Eric Church 1
2006 Last Man Standing Jerry Lee Lewis 3
2008 Moneyland Various Artists 1
2009 Country Soundtrack Hits Various Artists 1
2010 An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program Preservation Hall Jazz Band 2
2010 Midnight Souvenirs Peter Wolf 3
2010 Mean Old Man Jerry Lee Lewis 3
2010 Celebrating With Friends Johnny Gimble 1
2012 Heroes Willie Nelson 3 2
2012 Old School New Rules Hank Williams, Jr. 2
2012 Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran Jamey Johnson 2
2012 Silver Bells: The Essential Country Christmas Album Various Artists 2
2014 Bridges Mary Sarah 1
2015 Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Asleep at the Wheel 2
2015 Cass County Don Henley 4
A Country Christmas to Remember Various Artists 1
Butterfly Kisses Jeff Carson 1
Christmas Country Style Various Artists 1
Deep Thoughts From a Shallow Mind Doug Supernaw 1
Gospel's Best: Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson Various Artists 1
Highways & Honky Tonks Heather Myles 1
Jubilation! Great Gospel Performances, Volume 3: Country Gospel Various Artists 1
The Bartenders Blues George Jones 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Tumbling Tumbleweeds Various Artists 1
1986 Christmas: Country Style Various Artists 1
1986 The Best Sounds of Christmas Various Artists 1
1986 The Nashville Christmas Album Various Artists 1
1988 Country USA: 1970 Various Artists 1
1989 Country USA: 1965 Various Artists 1
1989 Country USA: 1968 Various Artists 1
1989 Country USA: 1969 Various Artists 1
1989 Country USA: 1971 Various Artists 1
1989 Hot Country Hits 2 Various Artists 1
1990 16 Top Country Hits, Volume 2 Various Artists 1

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