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Merle Haggard: It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) - If We Make It Through December (CD)

(2004/BGO) 22 Tracks - 2 Capitol albums from 1972-1974!

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  • Interpret: Merle Haggard

  • Album titlle: It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) - If We Make It Through December (CD)

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  • Genre Country

  • Year of publication 2004
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  • EAN: 5017261206503

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Haggard, Merle - It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) - If We Make It Through December (CD) CD 1
01 It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) Merle Haggard
02 Goodbye Comes Hard For Me Merle Haggard
03 My Woman Keeps Lovin' Her Man Merle Haggard
04 New York City Blues Merle Haggard
05 I Wonder What She'll Think About Me Leaving Merle Haggard
06 The Conversion Of Ronnie Jones Merle Haggard
07 A Shoulder To Cry On Merle Haggard
08 I'd Never Told On You Merle Haggard
09 Dad's Old Fiddle Merle Haggard
10 Somewhere To Come When It Rains Merle Haggard
11 I Wonder Where I'll Find You At Tonight Merle Haggard
12 If We Make It Through December Merle Haggard
13 Love And Honor Merle Haggard
14 To Each His Own Merle Haggard
15 You're The Only Girl In The Game Merle Haggard
16 I'm An Old, Old Man (Tryin' To Live While...) Merle Haggard
17 Come On Into My Arms Merle Haggard
18 Better Off When I Was Hungry Merle Haggard
19 I'll Break Out Again Tonight Merle Haggard
20 This Cold War Merle Haggard
21 Uncle Lem Merle Haggard
22 There's Just One Way Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard Sing a Sad Song: Saying Goodbye to Merle Haggard by Scott B. Bomar... more
"Merle Haggard"

Merle Haggard

Sing a Sad Song:

Saying Goodbye to Merle Haggard


by Scott B. Bomar

Merle Haggard, an icon of American music, died at his home in California on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. It was the singer, songwriter, and musician’s 79th birthday. In 2008 he battled lung cancer, and was hospitalized in December 2015 with double pneumonia. Haggard returned to the stage soon after, but was sidelined again in February due to continuing health concerns. “A week ago Dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday,” Merle’s son and lead guitarist, Ben, revealed the day his father died, “and he wasn’t wrong.”

Merle Ronald Haggard was born April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, California. Following his father’s death in 1945, Merle grew restless and rebellious. Several brushes with the law ultimately landed him in San Quentin prison in 1958. Following his release in 1960, Merle returned to Bakersfield, where he worked at manual labor jobs during the day. In the evenings he paid his dues in the same local honky tonks that sculpted the early career of fellow Bakersfield Sound pioneer Buck Owens.

Merle eventually signed with Bakersfield’s tiny Tally label, releasing a handful of singles before signing with Capitol Records in 1965. During his decade-long stint with Capitol, Haggard scored more than two dozen #1 country hits, including “Branded Man,” “Mama Tried,” “Okie From Muskogee,” “If We Make it Through December,” and “The Roots of My Raising.” Subsequent stints with the MCA and Epic labels yielded additional #1 hits, including “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” “My Favorite Memory,” “Big City,” and “Going Where the Lonely Go.” He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and continued to record for various labels, releasing his final studio album, Working in Tennessee, in 2011.

The celebrated “poet of the common man” frequently explored themes of restlessness, determination, stubborn individuality, responsibility, hard work, and a longing for personal freedom. His gift for capturing the spirit and struggles of the working class earned him a reputation as one of the great American songwriters in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Beyond his mastery of lyrics and melody, Haggard was an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and nuanced vocalist who set a new bar in country music for both twangy barn-burners and tender jazz-tinged ballads. “He wasn’t just a country singer,” son Ben added. “He was the best country singer that ever lived.”

Haggard reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Country Singles chart more than 70 times between 1966 and 1989. Nearly 40 of those songs climbed all the way to the #1 spot. Beyond the hits, Haggard released 54 studio albums as a solo act, 10 collaborative albums with other artists, 11 live releases, and 5 additional studio albums spotlighting his legendary band, the Strangers. He won more than two dozen awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, as well as three Grammy awards. Haggard was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and, in 2010, was honored by the prestigious Kennedy Center for “outstanding contribution to American culture.”

“I want to die along the highway” Haggard sang in his 1977 hit “Ramblin’ Fever.” The legendary road warrior almost pulled it off. “It’s what keeps me alive and it’s what fucks up my life,” Merle said of touring in a 2016 interview with Matt Hendrickson. Although he had little interest in the trappings of celebrity, Haggard loved to sing and play. Bringing his music to his fans fueled him to the very end. His passing marks not only the end of a remarkable career, but the death of an icon who ranks with Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, and John Lennon as a musical force who forever changed the face of music.              

 

 

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Tracklist
Haggard, Merle - It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) - If We Make It Through December (CD) CD 1
01 It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)
02 Goodbye Comes Hard For Me
03 My Woman Keeps Lovin' Her Man
04 New York City Blues
05 I Wonder What She'll Think About Me Leaving
06 The Conversion Of Ronnie Jones
07 A Shoulder To Cry On
08 I'd Never Told On You
09 Dad's Old Fiddle
10 Somewhere To Come When It Rains
11 I Wonder Where I'll Find You At Tonight
12 If We Make It Through December
13 Love And Honor
14 To Each His Own
15 You're The Only Girl In The Game
16 I'm An Old, Old Man (Tryin' To Live While...)
17 Come On Into My Arms
18 Better Off When I Was Hungry
19 I'll Break Out Again Tonight
20 This Cold War
21 Uncle Lem
22 There's Just One Way