January 2: Merle Haggard released Sing Me Back Home (album) in 1968

Sing Me Back Home is the fifth studio album by singer and songwriter Merle Haggard, released in 1968 on Capitol Records.

Sing Me Back Home follows the blueprint of Merle Haggard’s first three albums, balancing a hit single with album tracks and a couple of covers, but there is a difference. Where the previous album Branded Man was a transitional album, hinting that Haggard’s talents were deepening substantially, Sing Me Back Home is the result of the flowering of his talent.”
– Thomas Erlewine (allmusic)

Merle Haggard appeared on Austin City Limits nine times over the course of his legendary career. Here’s “Sing Me Back Home” from his appearance in 1978:

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Sam Outlaw, Molly Jensen and Darling West – Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down

Sam Outlaw started his concert in Oslo last night with Silver Wings. It was a lovely hymn-like rendition in honor of Merle Haggard.

As an encore he asked the supporting act, Darling West , back on stage for another Merle Haggard song. This time a more of a celebration of Haggards contribution to music.

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R.I.P. Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard passed away today.

Merle Haggard, who over six decades composed and performed one of the greatest repertoires in country music, capturing the American condition with his stories of the poor, the lost, the working class, heartbroken and hard-living, died at his home in California, his spokeswoman Tresa Redburn confirmed. He died today, his 79th birthday.
~rollingstone.com

“By the time you get close to the answers, it’s nearly all over.”
– Merle Haggard

Yesterday’s wine, yesterday’s wine
We’re Aging with time, like yesterday’s wine
– Merle Haggard

Memories and drinks don’t mix too well.
– Merle Haggard

Sing me back home – live in 2009:

Sing me back home with a song I used to hear
Make my old memories come alive
Take me away and turn back the years
Sing Me Back Home before I die

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