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

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Branded Man Merle Haggard and The Strangers 3
1967 I'm a Lonesome Fugitive Merle Haggard and The Strangers 3
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 Friendship Ray Charles 3
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 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
1990 Columbia Country Classics, Volume 5: A New Tradition Various Artists 1
1990 16 Top Country Hits, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1990 Christmas: All Time Great Recordings Various Artists 1
1990 Country Nights Various Artists 1
1990 Country USA: 1967 Various Artists 1
1990 Country USA: 1972 Various Artists 1
1990 The Capitol Collector's Series Various Artists 1
1991 Christmas Country Classics, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Contemporary Country: The Early '80s Various Artists 1
1991 Contemporary Country: The Mid-'70s Various Artists 1
1991 Contemporary Country: The Mid-'80s Various Artists 1
1991 Country USA: 1966 Various Artists 1
1991 Hits From The Heart Great Country Love Songs Various Artists 1
1991 Stereoplay Special CD 59: Country Special Various Artists 1
1992 A Country Christmas Various Artists 1
1992 Best of Country, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1992 Contemporary Country: The Early '70s Various Artists 1
1992 Contemporary Country: The Early '80s, Pure Gold Various Artists 1
1992 Contemporary Country: The Late '70s, Pure Gold Various Artists 1
1992 Contemporary Country: The Late '80s, Hot Hits Various Artists 1
1992 Contemporary Country: The Mid '80s, Pure Gold Various Artists 1
1992 Rainbow at Midnight Ernest Tubb 1
1992 The Many Sides of Willie Nelson Willie Nelson 1
1992 The Very Best of Country Music Various Artists 1
1993 30 Years of #1 Hits, Volume 11 Various Artists 1
1993 30 Years of #1 Hits, Volume 13 Various Artists 1
1993 30 Years of #1 Hits, Volume 15 Various Artists 1
1993 A Country Christmas With the Stars of Nashville Various Artists 1
1993 Contemporary Country: The '80s, Pure Gold Various Artists 1
1993 The History of Country Music: The Eighties, Volume One Various Artists 1
1993 The History of Country Music: The Eighties, Volume Two Various Artists 1
1994 Super Hits Willie Nelson 1
1994 The Great Sound of Country Various Artists 1
1994 All Time Legends of Country Music Various Artists 1
1994 80's Country Various Artists 1
1994 Country Super Hits Various Artists 2
1994 Shades of Country Various Artists 1
1995 Truckers Jukebox #1 Various Artists 1
1995 Sexy Country Various Artists 1
1995 Revolutions of Time... The Journey 1975-1993 Willie Nelson 1
1995 Country Gold, Vol. 1 Various Artists 1
1995 Only Country 1970-1974 Various Artists 1
1995 Only Country 1980-1984 Various Artists 2
1996 Country’s Most Requested Songs Various Artists 1
1996 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles: Country Road Songs Various Artists 1
1996 Television's Greatest Hits, Volume 6: Remote Control Various Artists 1
1996 A Heartland Holiday: More American Christmas Classics Various Artists 1
1996 A Very Special Country Collection, Volume Three Various Artists 1
1996 A Very Special Country Collection, Volume Two Various Artists 1

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