Merle Haggard, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Merle Haggard

American country music song writer, singer and musician

Date of Birth: 06-Apr-1937

Place of Birth: Bakersfield, California, United States

Date of Death: 06-Apr-2016

Profession: singer, singer-songwriter, guitarist, recording artist, country musician

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Merle Haggard

  • 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.Haggard's last recording, a song called "Kern River Blues," described his departure from Bakersfield in the late 1970s and his displeasure with politicians.
  • The song was recorded February 9, 2016, and features his son Ben on guitar.
  • This record was released on May 12, 2016.

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