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.

“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


Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country and Western songwriter, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the unique twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era.

By the 1970s, Haggard was aligned with the growing outlaw country movement, and he continued to release successful albums through the 1990s and into the 2000s. In 1994, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1997, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

Singer-songwriter Merle Haggard performs on Day 3 of the 2015 Big Barrel Country Music Festival at The Woodlands on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Dover, Del. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Branded Man (Live, 1968):

When they let me out of prison, I held my head up high
Determined I would rise above the shame
But no matter where I’m living, the black mark follows me
I’m branded with a number on my name

Merle Haggard’s Induction To The Country Music Hall Of Fame / Emmylou Harris : Part 1 (1994)

Merle Haggard’s Induction Into The Country Music Hall Of Fame : Part 2 (1994)


Academy of Country Music

  • 1965 Most Promising Male Vocalist
  • 1965 Best Vocal Group – with Bonnie Owens
  • 1965 Top Vocal Duo with Bonnie Owens
  • 1966 Top Male Vocalist
  • 1967 Top Duo with Bonnie Owens
  • 1969 Top Male Vocalist
  • 1969 Album of the Year – “Okie from Muskogee”
  • 1969 Song of the Year – “Okie from Muskogee”
  • 1969 Single of the Year – “Okie from Muskogee”
  • 1970 Entertainer of the Year
  • 1970 Top Male Vocalist
  • 1972 Top Male Vocalist
  • 1974 Top Male Vocalist
  • 1981 Top Male Vocalist
  • 1982 Song of the Year – “Are the Good Times Really Over”
  • 1995 Pioneer Award
  • 2005 Triple Crown
  • 2008 Poet’s Award
  • 2014 Crystal Milestone Award

Country Music Association

  • 1970 Album of the Year – “Okie from Muskogee”
  • 1970 Entertainer of the Year
  • 1970 Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1970 Single of the Year – “Okie from Muskogee”
  • 1972 Album of the Year – “Let Me Tell You About a Song”
  • 1983 Vocal Duo of the Year – with Willie Nelson

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

  • Inducted in 1994

Grammy Awards

  • 1984 Best Country Vocal Performance, Male – “That’s The Way Love Goes”
  • 1998 Best Country Collaboration with Vocals with Clint Black, Joe Diffie, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt &Dwight Yoakam for “Same Old Train”
  • 1999 Grammy Hall of Fame Award – “Mama Tried”

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

  • Inducted in 1977

Kennedy Center Honors

  • Inducted in 2010

Live at Church Street Station – 1988

it was recorded live at the The Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House’ located in Orlando, Florida

-Egil (will be listening to Hag this evening)

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