Merle HaggardUS country singer, guitarist, fiddler & songwriter. Born 6 April 1937. Died 6 April 2016
Merle Haggard Biography (Wikipedia)
Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler.
Haggard was born in Oildale, California, during the Great Depression. His childhood was troubled after the death of his father, and he was incarcerated several times in his youth. After being released from San Quentin State Prison in 1960, 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.
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), and induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1977), Country Music Hall of Fame (1994) and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame (1997). He died on April 6, 2016 — his 79th birthday — at his ranch in Shasta County, California, having recently suffered from double pneumonia.
- Willy Vlautin on Merlehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01h0bng.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01h0bng.jpg2017-04-03T15:51:00.000ZThe Richmond Fontaine frontman reveals how he discovered Merle's musichttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04yy6lz
Willy Vlautin on Merle
- Sturgill Simpson on Merle Haggardhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0443d90.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0443d90.jpg2017-04-03T11:04:00.000ZSturgill tells Ricky about his friendship with Merle and the impact it had on himhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04yx3qd
Sturgill Simpson on Merle Haggard
- Merle Haggard's first ever BBC interview, 1976https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04yhh9f.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04yhh9f.jpg2017-04-03T10:49:00.000ZMerle's first BBC interview was on Radio 2, for David Allan's Country Greats in Concerthttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04yx3q0
Merle Haggard's first ever BBC interview, 1976
- Brendan Quinn on his idol Merle Haggardhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04yj4mt.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04yj4mt.jpg2017-03-30T15:15:00.000ZBrendan talks to Hugo about his favourite performances and working with Merle Haggard.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04yhhbk
Brendan Quinn on his idol Merle Haggard
- Merle on Iris DeMenthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rk57m.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03rk57m.jpg2016-04-19T15:52:00.000ZThis interview was first broadcast in 1995 by NPR in an interview with Terry Grosshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03rkfvj
Merle on Iris DeMent
- 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 Grosshttps://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 Grosshttps://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 Grosshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03rk6pc
Merle Haggard on songwriting
Merle Haggard Tracks