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Merle Haggard: The Lonesome Fugitive - The Merle Haggard Anthology 1963-77 (2-CD)

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  • Interpret: Merle Haggard

  • Album titlle: The Lonesome Fugitive - The Merle Haggard Anthology 1963-77 (2-CD)

  • Label RAZOR TIE

  • Year of publication 1995
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0793018205924

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Haggard, Merle - The Lonesome Fugitive - The Merle Haggard Anthology 1963-77 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Sam Hill Merle Haggard
02 Just Between The Two Of Us (& BONNIE OWENS) Merle Haggard
03 Strangers Merle Haggard
04 I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can Merle Haggard
05 Swinging Doors Merle Haggard
06 The Bottle Let Me Down Merle Haggard
07 The Fugitive Merle Haggard
08 Someone Told My Story Merle Haggard
09 I Threw Away The Rose Merle Haggard
10 Branded Man Merle Haggard
11 Sing Me Back Home Merle Haggard
12 The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde Merle Haggard
13 Today I Started Loving You Again Merle Haggard
14 Mama Tried Merle Haggard
15 I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am Merle Haggard
16 Hungry Eyes Merle Haggard
17 Workin' Man Blues Merle Haggard
18 Okie From Muskogee Merle Haggard
19 The Fightin' Side Of Me Merle Haggard
Haggard, Merle - The Lonesome Fugitive - The Merle Haggard Anthology 1963-77 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Jesus, Take A Hold Merle Haggard
02 I Can't Be Myself Merle Haggard
03 Sidewalks Of Chicago Merle Haggard
04 Soldier's Last Letter Merle Haggard
05 Someday We'll Look Back Merle Haggard
06 Daddy Frank Merle Haggard
07 Carolyn Merle Haggard
08 Grandma Harp Merle Haggard
09 It's Not Love Merle Haggard
10 I Wonder If They Ever Think Of Me Merle Haggard
11 Everybody's Had The Blues Merle Haggard
12 If We Make It Through December Merle Haggard
13 Things Aren't Funny Anymore Merle Haggard
14 Old Man From The Mountain Merle Haggard
15 Kentucky Gambler Merle Haggard
16 It's All In The Movies Merle Haggard
17 The Roots Of My Raising Merle Haggard
18 Cherokee Maiden Merle Haggard
19 A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today 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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