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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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Rainbow Stew, Live At Anaheim Stadium (CD) Merle Haggard: Rainbow Stew, Live At Anaheim Stadium (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMCA31101

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Working In Tennessee (LP) Merle Haggard: Working In Tennessee (LP) Art-Nr.: LPCR00165

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(Craft Recordings) 11 Tracks - Reissue of the original 2011 Vanguard album, Merle Haggard's last studio album! Featuring Willie Nelson and Theresa & Ben Haggard!
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I Am What I Am (LP) Merle Haggard: I Am What I Am (LP) Art-Nr.: LPCR00164

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(Craft Recordings) 12 Tracks - Reissue of the original 2010 Vanguard album, Merle Haggard's 62nd studio album!
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(EMI- Capitol) 16 tracks - Original 'Capitol' recordings from the 1970s
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Merle Haggard Sings Country Favourites (LP) Merle Haggard: Merle Haggard Sings Country Favourites (LP) Art-Nr.: LPEMS1253

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Country Legends (CD) Merle Haggard: Country Legends (CD) Art-Nr.: CD573322

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The Bluegrass Sessions (CD) Merle Haggard: The Bluegrass Sessions (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMCM0008

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(Hag Records/McCoury Music) 12 tracks featuring: Marty Stuart, Carl Jackson, Rob Ickes, Alison Krauss a.o.
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The Essential Merle Haggard - The Epic Years (CD) Merle Haggard: The Essential Merle Haggard - The Epic Years (CD) Art-Nr.: CD112405

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(Sony Music) 14 tracks (48:33) 1981-1987 with 12 page booklet.
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(Knight Records) 14 tracks
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From The King To The Barrooms (CD) Merle Haggard: From The King To The Barrooms (CD) Art-Nr.: CDHUMP017

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(Hump Head) 24 tracks (73:00) with 16 page booklet including all lyrics. - From The King To The Barroooms brings together some of Merle Haggard's best loved songs, together with a selection of his Elvis covers. This compilation includes...
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Best Of The '90s Vol.1 (CD) Merle Haggard: Best Of The '90s Vol.1 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCURB77966

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(2000/Curb) 12 Tracks - Part 1 of the best of Haggard's performances in the nineties!
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Best Of The '90s Vol.2 (CD) Merle Haggard: Best Of The '90s Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCURB77967

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(2000/Curb) 11 Tracks - Part 2 of the best of Haggard's performances in the nineties!
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Same Train - A Different Time (CD) Merle Haggard: Same Train - A Different Time (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15740

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1-CD with 20-page booklet, 29 tracks. Playing time approx. 77 mns. Merle Haggard 's 1969 classic double LP played a pivotal role in bringing the music of Jimmie Rodgers to a new audience. In it, he was true to the spirit of Rodgers, but...
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His Best (LP) Merle Haggard: His Best (LP) Art-Nr.: LPMCA5573

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(1985/MCA) 10 tracks - Original recordings done between 1977 and 1981
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A Portrait Of & Keep Movin' On (CD) Merle Haggard: A Portrait Of & Keep Movin' On (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBGO641

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(2004/BGO) 21 tracks, 1969-1970;
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Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde - Pride In What I Am (CD) Merle Haggard: Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde - Pride In What I Am (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBGO547

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​(2002/BGO) 23 Tracks - 1968-1969!
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Live From Austin, TX (LP, 180g Vinyl) Merle Haggard: Live From Austin, TX (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPNW5155

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(2017/New West) 15 tracks - Recorded live October 30, 1985
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Live On The Silver Eagle Radio Show (CD) Merle Haggard: Live On The Silver Eagle Radio Show (CD) Art-Nr.: CDHS1015

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(Hotspur) 24 tracks - 8 page booklet. - By the time Merle Haggard played Nashville's Opryland theme park in 1982, he had a decade and a half of country stardom under his belt. He draws on one of the deepest repertoires in popular music...
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Country Classics (CD) Merle Haggard: Country Classics (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP796628

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Songs I'll Always Sing (2-LP) Merle Haggard: Songs I'll Always Sing (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPSLB8086

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(1977/Capitol) 20 tracks - originally sealed copy. Cut-out LP
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The Peer Sessions (CD) HAGGARD, Merle: The Peer Sessions (CD) Art-Nr.: CDAUDI8152

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(2022/Audium) 12 tracks (42:20)
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Hag - Concepts, Live & The Strangers - The Capitol Recordings (6-CD) Merle Haggard: Hag - Concepts, Live & The Strangers - The... Art-Nr.: BCD16782

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 120-page hardcover book, 168 tracks, 1968-76. Playing time approx. 440 mns. Merle Haggard was one of the first country artists to see the LP as more than one hit and some filler songs. Now Bear Family gathers...
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The Troubadour (4-CD) Merle Haggard: The Troubadour (4-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17250

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4-CD box set (LP-format) with 68-page hardcover book, 111 tracks, total playing time approx. 6 hrs 38 mns. Merle Haggard 's overlooked and underappreciated MCA recordings capture the great country singer-songwriter reemerging from his...
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Movin' On (LP) Merle Haggard: Movin' On (LP) Art-Nr.: LPAX701444

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(EMI-Axis) 14 tracks - 'Capitol' tracks, recorded between 1971 and 1975
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Someday We'll Look Back & I Love Dixie Blues (CD) Merle Haggard: Someday We'll Look Back & I Love Dixie Blues (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBGO596

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(2004/BGO) 26 tracks 1971/73
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It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) - If We Make It Through December (CD) Merle Haggard: It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) - If We Make... Art-Nr.: CDBGO650

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(2004/BGO) 22 Tracks - 2 Capitol albums from 1972-1974!
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Swingin' Doors - Classic Radio Broadcast 1984 (CD) Merle Haggard: Swingin' Doors - Classic Radio Broadcast 1984 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDLM003

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(2015/Laser Media) 12 Tracks - Original radio broadcast recorded live!
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Merle Haggard & Mac Wiseman - Timeless (Special Edition) Merle Haggard And Mac Wiseman: Merle Haggard & Mac Wiseman - Timeless (Special... Art-Nr.: CDHAG0020

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(Hag/Cracker Barrel) 13 tracks (42:33) superb, mostly acoustic session featuring Carl Jackson (gtr), Rob Ickes (dobro), Aubrey Haney (fiddle), Vince Gill (vocal on track 2 and 10) and many others. Recorded at Star Struck Studios,...
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His 30th Album - A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today (CD) Merle Haggard: His 30th Album - A Working Man Can't Get... Art-Nr.: CDBGO640

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(2004/BGO) 21 tracks 1974/77
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The Lonesome Fugitive - The Merle Haggard  Anthology 1963-77 (2-CD) Merle Haggard: The Lonesome Fugitive - The Merle Haggard... Art-Nr.: CDRAZ2059

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​(1995/Razor & Tie) 40 tracks
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Swinging Doors HAGGARD, Merle: Swinging Doors Art-Nr.: LPSEE68

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​(1986/See For Miles) Reproduction of the 1966 Capitol album!
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Fighting Side Of Me - 15#1 Hits (CD) Merle Haggard: Fighting Side Of Me - 15#1 Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CDDUAL1145

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(2003/DUALTONE) 15 tracks (re-recordings)
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Call Of The Country - Merle Haggard & The Strangers (Japan Vinyl-LP) Merle Haggard: Call Of The Country - Merle Haggard & The... Art-Nr.: LPECS50053

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(Capitol-Japan) 14 tracks, Capitol-Series
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The Hag Merle Haggard: The Hag Art-Nr.: DVDCCMH001

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(2014/Classic Country) NTSC, Code 0, Color, 103 Mins. Merle Haggard, The Hag. Over 30 songs by the legendary Merle Haggard…plus bonus songs with the Strangers, Porter Wagoner and a tribute to Bob Wills. This very special DVD contains...
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Swinging Doors Merle Haggard: Swinging Doors Art-Nr.: LPCAP12055

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(2013/CAPITOL) 12 tracks - originally released on Capitol Records in 1966
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Live From Austin TX, 30.10.1985 (CD&DVD) Merle Haggard: Live From Austin TX, 30.10.1985 (CD&DVD) Art-Nr.: CDNW6245

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(2013/NEW WEST) 15 tracks on CD & DVD, recorded October 30, 1985, color, 46 min, 5.1 surround sound, NTSC, Code 0.
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Strangers - Swinging Doors And The Bottle Let Me Down (CD) Merle Haggard: Strangers - Swinging Doors And The Bottle Let... Art-Nr.: CDEMI48022

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CD on EMI RECORDS by Merle Haggard - Strangers - Swinging Doors And The Bottle Let Me Down
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That's The Way Love Goes - It's All In The Game Merle Haggard: That's The Way Love Goes - It's All In The Game Art-Nr.: CDTBIRDAM007

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CD on T-BIRD RECORDS by Merle Haggard - That's The Way Love Goes - It's All In The Game
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Land Of Many Churches Merle Haggard: Land Of Many Churches Art-Nr.: CDBGO1015

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CD on BGO RECORDS by Merle Haggard - Land Of Many Churches
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Working In Tennessee (2011) Merle Haggard: Working In Tennessee (2011) Art-Nr.: LP78208

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Working In Tennessee (2011) Merle Haggard: Working In Tennessee (2011) Art-Nr.: CD78208

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(2011/VANGUARD) 11 tracks (35:18) 12 booklet incl. all lyrics.
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17 Number 1's Merle Haggard: 17 Number 1's Art-Nr.: CDGT2159

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(2010/GUSTO) 17 tracks
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Goin' Home For Christmas (1982)...plus Merle Haggard: Goin' Home For Christmas (1982)...plus Art-Nr.: CDEK90570

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(2003/SONY) 11 tracks - remastered
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Amber Waves Of Grain - Kern River Merle Haggard: Amber Waves Of Grain - Kern River Art-Nr.: CDBGO935

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(2010/BGO) 19 tracks 1985
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I Am What I Am Merle Haggard: I Am What I Am Art-Nr.: LP78035

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(2010/VANGUARD) 12 tracks - limited quantities
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I Am What I Am Merle Haggard: I Am What I Am Art-Nr.: CD78035

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(2010/VANGUARD) 12 tracks (36:58) superb new album of outstanding ballads and swingin' shuffles, produced by Merle Haggard and Lou Bradley. Highlight!! (als available on Vinyl 'LP-78035')
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Out Among The Stars & A Friend In California Merle Haggard: Out Among The Stars & A Friend In California Art-Nr.: CDBGO936

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(2010/BGO) 21 tracks 1986
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Live At Billy Bob's Texas Merle Haggard: Live At Billy Bob's Texas Art-Nr.: CDSTHM5031

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(2004/SMITH) 15 tracks
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25th Anniversary Album Merle Haggard: 25th Anniversary Album Art-Nr.: EMS1313

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(1988/EMI GB) 20 tracks, 1965-76
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Branded Man - Featuring 20Top10 Country Hits Merle Haggard: Branded Man - Featuring 20Top10 Country Hits Art-Nr.: EG2605291

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(1985/EMI GB) 20 Capitol masters 1965-71
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