Legal name: Merle R. Haggard, Merle Ronald Haggard

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Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country 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 Shasta County, 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Promo Only: Country Radio, January 2006 Various Artists 1
2005 Superstars of Country: Like a Song Various Artists 1
2005 Superstars of Country: Party Time Various Artists 1
2005 Superstars of Country: Southern Nights Various Artists 1
2005 The Best of Country Greats: The Gentlemen Various Artists 1
2006 Legends: A Country Album, Volume One Various Artists 1
2006 Ljuva country-legender Various Artists 1
2006 Ultimate Collection: Country Various Artists 1
2006 Unforgettable: The Standards Collection Various Artists 1
2007 40 Years of Duets George Jones 1
2007 Lifetime of Country Romance Various Artists 1
2007 100 Hits: Country Various Artists 1
2007 16 Biggest Hits Volume II Willie Nelson 1
2007 Classic Country Christmas Various Artists 1
2007 Country Holiday Classics Various Artists 1
2007 I’ll Be Home for Christmas: The Ultimate Holiday Homecoming Collection Various Artists 1
2007 Natural Renegade Willie Nelson 1
2008 Beginner's Guide to Country Various Artists 1
2008 Legend: The Best Of Willie Nelson 2
2008 One Hell of a Ride Willie Nelson 5 2
2008 Vintage Country: The Golden Age of Country Music Various Artists 1
2008 Vintage County Various Artists 1
2009 Mojo Presents: Red Hot and Regal Various Artists 3 1
2009 Now That's What I Call a Country Christmas Various Artists 1
2009 Country Meets Southern Rock Various Artists 1
2009 The Best of Country Various Artists 1
2010 Preservation Various Artists 2
2010 100 Car Classics Various Artists 1
2010 Paste Magazine Sampler #62: May 2010 Various Artists 1
2010 Sonically Speaking, Volume 53: Juni 2010 Various Artists 1
2010 Easy Rider - 100 Songs Of The '60s & '70s Various Artists 1
2010 Pure… Country Various Artists 1
2010 Beginner's Guide to Americana Various Artists 1
2010 Best of Country Various Artists 1
2010 Men With Broken Hearts Various Artists 1
2010 The Only Classic Country Collection You'll Ever Need Various Artists 1
2011 The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams Various Artists 2
2011 Paste mPlayer #14 Various Artists 1
2012 Fifty Country Greats Various Artists 1
2012 Legends of Country Various Artists 1
2012 Playlist: The Very Best of Gretchen Wilson Gretchen Wilson 1
2013 Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music: 1970 Various Artists 1
2013 Country Christmas Various Artists 1
2014 Christmas! The Complete Songbook Various Artists 1
2014 The Byrds Heard Them Here First Various Artists 1
2015 Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards: 50 Years Various Artists 1
2015 Ultimate Country Various Artists 2
2015 30 Stars: Country Various Artists 1
2015 Men of Country Various Artists 1
2015 Playlist: The Very Best Ray Charles Duets Ray Charles 1
2015 The Essential Willie Nelson 1
2016 Country Fever Various Artists 1
2016 So Country Christmas 2016 Various Artists 1
2017 Country Music Various Artists 2
2018 100 Hits: The Best Country Album Various Artists 1
16 Top Country Hits, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
19 Hot Country Requests, Volume II Various Artists 1
20 Country Greats, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
20 Country Greats, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
20 Country Greats, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
20 Country Greats, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
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
36 All-Time Greatest Hits! George Jones 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
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
Collection With Guests, Part 1 Ernest Tubb 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 Legends, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
Country Legends, Volume 4 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 X-1 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
Golden Country Groups Various Artists 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

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