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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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Merle Haggard: The Studio Recordings 1968-76 (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16749
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 140-page hardcover book, 165 tracks. Playing time approx. 467 mns. • A true legend of American music captured in his prime!  • The follow-up to Bear Family’s hugely acclaimed 'Untamed Hawk' set.  • All the studio...

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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 mid-career crossroads. 111...

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Merle Haggard: Concepts, Live... 1968-76 (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16782
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 120-page hardcover book, 168 tracks. 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 together all of his 'concept' LPs...

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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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Merle Haggard: Call Of The Country - Merle Haggard & The Strangers (Japan Vinyl-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPECS50053
 

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(Capitol-Japan) 14 tracks, Capitol-Series

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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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Merle Haggard: A Portrait Of & Keep Movin' On
Art-Nr.: CDBGO641
 

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(2004/BGO) 21 tracks, 1969-1970;

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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: My Love Affair With Trains - Roots Of My Rais..
Art-Nr.: CDBGO544
 

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CD on BGO RECORDS by Merle Haggard - My Love Affair With Trains - Roots Of My Rais..

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Merle Haggard: Big City - New Edition
Art-Nr.: CDEK65947
 

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20 Bit digitally mastered with two bonus tracks and new liner notes by Merle and Daniel Cooper

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Merle Haggard: Okie From Muskogee - Digitally Remastered
Art-Nr.: CDCAP16277
 

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CD on CAPITOL RECORDS by Merle Haggard - Okie From Muskogee - Digitally Remastered

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Merle Haggard: Goin' Home For Christmas (1982)...plus
Art-Nr.: CDEK90570
 

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(2003/SONY) 11 tracks - remastered

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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')

$22.36 *

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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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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Merle Haggard: Strangers - Swinging Doors And The Bottle Let Me Down (CD)
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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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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Merle Haggard: Hag - Let Me Tell You About A Song
Art-Nr.: CDBGO548
 

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CD on BGO RECORDS by Merle Haggard - Hag - Let Me Tell You About A Song

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Merle Haggard: Haggard, Merle Live From Austin (CD&DVD)
Art-Nr.: CDNW6245
 

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(2013/NEW WEST) 15 titres sur CD & DVD, enregistré 30 Octobre 1985, couleur, 46 min, son surround 5.1, NTSC, Code 0.

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Merle Haggard: Live At Billy Bob's Texas - Motorcycle Cowb.
Art-Nr.: CDSMG5000
 

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(2000/Smith) 18 tracks, Merle Haggard's first live album in 15 years. Hag is by far the biggest name that Billy Bob's has yet featured. Not entirely coincidentally, it's the best in the series, as well, even if it isn't really a spectacular live album from Hag. That...

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Merle Haggard: His 30th Album - A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO640
 

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(2004/BGO) 21 tracks 1974/77

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Merle Haggard: 40 #1 Hits 2-CD
Art-Nr.: CDCAP95627
 

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CD on CAPITOL RECORDS by Merle Haggard - 40 #1 Hits 2-CD

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Merle Haggard: 24 All Time Greatest Hits
Art-Nr.: CDTVC0703
 

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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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Haggard, Merle: 17 Number 1's
Art-Nr.: CDGT2159
 

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(2010/GUSTO) 17 tracks

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Merle Haggard: Live From Austin TX 1978 (0)
Art-Nr.: DVDNW8060
 

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(2006/NEW WEST) 15 tracks, recorded live in Austin, Texas in 1985 for the legendary TV show!! Re-mixed and re-mastered in stereo!

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Merle Haggard: Legendary Performances (0)
Art-Nr.: DVD0808001
 

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(2008/CMF/SHOUT) NTSC, Code 0, 65 Minutes, 15 rare performances 1968- 1983 plus unreleased interview footage & Hall Of Fame induction 1994.

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Merle Haggard: Back To The Barrooms
Art-Nr.: CD0708002
 

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(1980/MCA) 11 tracks produced by Jimmy Bowen - nice price !

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Merle Haggard: Amber Waves Of Grain - Kern River
Art-Nr.: CDBGO935
 

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(2010/BGO) 19 tracks 1985

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