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Merle Haggard, country music’s outsider hero, dies at 79

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Merle Haggard, one of the most successful singers in the history of country music died at his farm in California on April 6, He was 79.

Merle Haggard

  • Haggard had recently canceled several concerts, saying he had double pneumonia.
  • Haggard, a ruggedly handsome performer who strode onto a stage, guitar in hand, as a poet of the common man. Thirty-eight of his singles, including Working Man Blues and the 1973 recession-era lament If We Make It Through December, reached No. 1 on the Billboard country chart from 1966 to 1987.
  • Haggard recorded more than three dozen No. 1 country hits in a musical career that spanned sixdecades, from the 1960s into the 2010s.

Merle Ronald Haggard:

  • Haggard born on April 6 1937 after 79 years he passed away on his birthday.
  • His description of 1969’s Okie from Muskogee, perhaps his most famous song, changed over the years.
  • Merle was named by his peers as the number one country artist of all-time by CMT.  Haggard has 38 number one hits on the country charts.
  • He received many honours and awards for his music, including aKennedy CenterHonor (2010), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), a BMI Icon Award (2006) and various honours