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Merle Haggard dead on his birthday

 
 
Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2016 12:01 pm
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2016 12:02 pm
NASHVILLE, TN -- Country giant Merle Haggard, who celebrated outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday.

Haggard's manager, Frank Mull, said the country icon died in Palo Cedro, California, of pneumonia.

A masterful guitarist, fiddler and songwriter as well as singer, the Country Music Hall of Famer recorded for more than 40 years, releasing dozens of albums and No. 1 hits.
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chai2
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2016 12:14 pm
Dammit.

Wally is going to be so upset by this.

Seriously, I'm going have have to pick the proper time to tell him.

Merle was one of his heros.
chai2
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2016 12:17 pm
@chai2,
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2016 12:21 pm
It took a while, because Okie from Muskogee and Fightin Side of Me I found offensive. But he since wrote and performed lots of great songs.
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chai2
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2016 12:23 pm
@chai2,
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2016 12:50 pm
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Wed 6 Apr, 2016 03:28 pm
Always loved the sound of his voice and am saddened to see him go. His music will continue to help keep his memory and legacy alive.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2016 04:37 pm
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2016 08:37 pm
Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the 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.

Haggard's childhood was troubled after the death of his father, and he was incarcerated several times in his youth. He managed to turn his life around and launch a successful country music career, gaining popularity with his songs about the working class that occasionally contained themes contrary to the prevailing anti-Vietnam War subject matter of much popular music of the time. Between the 1960s and the 1980s, he had 38 number one hits on the US country charts, several of which also made the Billboard all-genre singles chart.[1] During the 1970s, Haggard became aligned with the growing outlaw country movement, and he continued to release successful albums through the 1990s and into the 2000s.

He received many honors and awards for his music, including a Kennedy Center Honor (2010), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), a BMI Icon Award (2006),[2] and inductions into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1977), Country Music Hall of Fame (1994)[3] and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame (1997).[4] He died on April 6, 2016 — his 79th birthday — at his ranch in Northern California, after having recently suffered from pneumonia.[5]
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