Merle Haggard Biography (Wikipedia)
Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. 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 sentiment 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. Haggard continued to release successful albums into the 2000s.
- Merle Haggard on 'If you wanna be my woman'https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rk568.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rk568.jpg2016-04-19T15:31:00.000ZFirst broadcast in 1995 by NPR in an interview with Terry Grosshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03rkbbw
Merle Haggard on 'If you wanna be my woman'
- Merle on his hit single 'Mama Tried'https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rk8v4.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rk8v4.jpg2016-04-19T15:22:00.000ZThis interview was first broadcast in 1995 by NPR in an interview with Terry Grosshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03rkbtp
Merle on his hit single 'Mama Tried'
- Merle Haggard on songwritinghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rk5bc.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rk5bc.jpg2016-04-19T15:13:00.000ZThis interview was first broadcast in 1995 by NPR in an interview with Terry Grosshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03rk6pc
Merle Haggard on songwriting
Merle Haggard Tracks