4.06.2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MERLE HAGGARD!

Merle Ronald Haggard

Happy birthday to my favorite country star of all time...gratefully I have seen and met Merle in the 1990's. He is a sweet guy and so charming.. I just love him...Merle is the coolest guy in music...he is universally respected by jazz cats, rockers, symphony musicians, and hip hop guys too! Everyone loves Merle.....

Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country music song writer, 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 has continued to release successful albums through the 1990s and into the 2000s. In 1997, Merle Haggard was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

In 1965 he married singer Bonnie Owens, former wife of Buck Owens, and a successful country singer at the time. Haggard has credited her with helping him make his big break as a country artist. Haggard shared the writing credit with Owens for his hit Today I Started Loving You Again, and has acknowledged, including on stage, that the song was about a sudden burst of special feelings he experienced for her while they were touring together.

She also helped care for Haggard's children from his first wife and was the maid of honor for Haggard's third marriage. Haggard and Owen divorced in 1978. Read more...



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