Merle Haggard (US country singer, guitarist, fiddler & songwriter)

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Legal name: Merle R. Haggard, Merle Ronald Haggard


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

Haggard was born in Oildale, California, toward the end of the Great Depression. His childhood was troubled after the death of his father, and he was incarcerated several times in his youth. After being released from San Quentin State Prison in 1960, he managed to turn his life around and launched a successful country music career. He gained popularity with his songs about the working class; these occasionally contained themes contrary to the anti–Vietnam War sentiment of some 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 Shasta County, California, having recently suffered from double pneumonia.

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1965StrangersMerle Haggard3
1966Just Between the Two of UsBonnie Owens and Merle Haggard with The Strangers1
1966Swinging Doors and the Bottle Let Me DownMerle Haggard and The Strangers3
1967Branded ManMerle Haggard and The Strangers3
1967I’m a Lonesome FugitiveMerle Haggard and The Strangers4
1968Sing Me Back HomeMerle Haggard and The Strangers4
1968The Legend of Bonnie & ClydeMerle Haggard and The Strangers1
1968Mama TriedMerle Haggard and The Strangers4
1969A Portrait of Merle HaggardMerle Haggard and The Strangers2
1969Pride in What I AmMerle Haggard & The Strangers3
1969Same Train, a Different TimeMerle Haggard3
1970A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World: Or, My Salute to Bob WillsMerle Haggard2
1970Introducing My Friends The StrangersMerle Haggard and The Strangers1
1971HagMerle Haggard and The Strangers1
1971Getting to Know Merle Haggard’s StrangersMerle Haggard and The Strangers1
1971Honky Tonkin’Merle Haggard and The Strangers2
1971Someday We’ll Look BackMerle Haggard2
1972It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad)Merle Haggard and The Strangers2
1972Let Me Tell You About a SongMerle Haggard and The Strangers1
1973Merle Haggard's Christmas Present: Something Old, Something NewMerle Haggard3
1973It’s All in the MoviesMerle Haggard and The Strangers1
1973Totally Instrumental With One ExceptionMerle Haggard and The Strangers2
1974If We Make It Through DecemberMerle Haggard1
1974Presents His 30th AlbumMerle Haggard & The Strangers1
1975Keep Movin’ OnMerle Haggard1
1976The Roots of My RaisingMerle Haggard & The Strangers2
1976My Love Affair With TrainsMerle Haggard & The Strangers1
1977Ramblin’ FeverMerle Haggard4
1977A Working Man Can’t Get Nowhere TodayMerle Haggard & The Strangers2
1977My Farewell to ElvisMerle Haggard2
1978I’m Always on a Mountain When I FallMerle Haggard2
1979Serving 190 ProofMerle Haggard3
1980The Way I AmMerle Haggard1
1980Back to the BarroomsMerle Haggard52
1981Songs for the Mama That TriedMerle Haggard2
1981Big CityMerle Haggard3
1982Goin’ Home for ChristmasMerle Haggard33
1982Going Where the Lonely GoMerle Haggard3
1982A Taste of Yesterday’s WineMerle Haggard & George Jones3
1982Pancho & LeftyMerle Haggard and Willie Nelson44
1983That's the Way Love GoesMerle Haggard1
1983Heart to HeartMerle Haggard & Leona Williams1
1984It's All in the GameMerle Haggard3
1985Kern RiverMerle Haggard2
1986Out Among the StarsMerle Haggard2
1986A Friend in CaliforniaMerle Haggard1
1987Chill FactorMerle Haggard2
1987Seashores of Old MexicoMerle Haggard and Willie Nelson1
19895:01 BluesMerle Haggard1
1990Blue JungleMerle Haggard41
19941994Merle Haggard32
19961996Merle Haggard32
1999Two Old FriendsMerle Haggard & Albert Brumley Jr.2
2000If I Could Only FlyMerle Haggard31
2001Cabin in the HillsMerle Haggard1
2001Roots, Volume 1Merle Haggard2
2002The Peer SessionsMerle Haggard1
2003Like Never BeforeMerle Haggard1
2004I Wish I Was Santa ClausMerle Haggard2
2004UnforgettableMerle Haggard2
200440 Greatest Hits Vol 1Merle Haggard1
200440 Greatest Hits Vol 2Merle Haggard1
2005Chicago WindMerle Haggard1
2006Kickin’ Out the Footlights… AgainMerle Haggard & George Jones1
2007Last of the BreedWillie Nelson / Merle Haggard / Ray Price1
2007The Bluegrass SessionsMerle Haggard1
2010I Am What I AmMerle Haggard1
2011Working in TennesseeMerle Haggard1
2015Django and JimmieWillie Nelson & Merle Haggard4.53
2015TimelessMerle Haggard & Mac Wiseman1

Album + Compilation

1968The Best of Merle HaggardMerle Haggard2
1969Close-Up Merle HaggardMerle Haggard and The Strangers1
1972Hall of FameMerle Haggard1
1974Dvorana slávy: Country & Western 2Tennessee Ernie Ford, Merle Haggard and The Strangers, Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, Tex Ritter1
1974The Great Merle Haggard SingsMerle Haggard1
1974The Very Best of Merle HaggardMerle Haggard1
1975Stars of CountryMerle Haggard1
1977Songs I’ll Always SingMerle Haggard and The Strangers2
197720 Greatest HitsMerle Haggard1
1978Eleven WinnersMerle Haggard and The Strangers2
1978I’m Always on a Mountain When I Fall / Billy “Crash” Craddock Sings His Greatest HitsMerle Haggard / Billy “Crash” Craddock1
1978The Way It Was in ’51Merle Haggard and The Strangers1
1979Capitol Country ClassicsMerle Haggard1
1979Serving 190 Proof / Cross WindsMerle Haggard / Conway Twitty1
1980Merle Haggard Salutes the GreatsMerle Haggard1
1980The Way I Am / Love Has No ReasonMerle Haggard / Debby Boone1
1981The Man, the Music, the LegendMerle Haggard1
1981Just a Country Boy and GirlMerle Haggard / Patsy Cline1
1981The Legendary Merle HaggardMerle Haggard1
1982Greatest HitsMerle Haggard2
1982Merle Haggard’s Greatest HitsMerle Haggard2
198420 Greatest HitsMerle Haggard and The Strangers1
1984A Tribute to Merle Haggard & George JonesMerle Haggard, George Jones1
1984All of My BestMerle Haggard1
1984Four Star Country: The Very Best of Four of Today’s Biggest StarsJohnny Cash * Willie Nelson * Merle Haggard * Kris Kristofferson1
1984His Epic Hits: The First 11 (To Be Continued...)Merle Haggard2
1984Sing Me Back HomeMerle Haggard1
1985All-Time Haggard FavoritesMerle Haggard1
1985At The Country StoreMerle Haggard1
1985Branded Man (Featuring 20 Top 10 Country Hits)Merle Haggard1

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