Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler.
“Sing Me Back Home” is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard and The Strangers. It was released in November 1967 as the first single and title track from the album Sing Me Back Home. In 2019, Rolling Stone ranked “Sing Me Back Home” No. 32 on its list of the 40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time.
Dylan covered this song in September 1985 – Farm Aid Rehearsals – with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
Tracks from this rehearsal first started circulating in June 2016.
This is a pretty good performance, even though he doesn’t remember a lot of the lyrics.
He then performed it once in 2004 & nine times in 2005.
Bonnaroo Music Festival
11 June 2004
March 7, 2005
Unreleased studio outtakes recorded in Toronto, Canada, March 1977
Marianne Faithfull with Keith Richards from the album “Easy Come, Easy Go” (2009)
The Flying Burrito Brothers – from the compilation album “Sleepless Nights” (1976)
From the album “One Day at a Time” – reissue (bonus tracks).