Merle Haggard

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Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country and Western 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.

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Filmography

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Selected Merle Haggard film and TV show credits.

Acting Credits

2011
My Fool Heart
Country Preacher

1997
Wag the Dog (1997)
Merle Haggard

1985
All American Cowboy (TV Movie)
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1981
Balladeer

1978
Centennial (1978) (TV Show)
Cisco Calendar

1975
Huckleberry Finn (1975) (TV Movie)
Duke

1973
Doc Elliot (1973) (TV Show)
Owen Henderson

1971
The Waltons (1971) (TV Show)
Red Turner

1969
Merle Haggard

1968
Killers Three (1968)
Charlie

1967
Merle Haggard - Singer

Music Department Credits

1978
Convoy (1978)
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1974
Movin' On (1974) (TV Show)
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Soundtrack Credits

2014
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards (2014) (TV Movie)
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2012
Jack Reacher (2012)
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2012
The Sapphires (2012)
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2011
Memphis Rising: Elvis Returns
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2011
CMT: 40 Greatest Love Songs (2011) (TV Movie)
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2010
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2010
The Marty Stuart Show (TV Show)
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2009
Legion (2009)
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2009
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2008
The Strangers (2008)
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2008
Crook & Chase (2008) (TV Show)
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2006
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2005
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2004
Crash (2004)
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2004
CMT Insider (2004) (TV Show)
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2002
Ken Park (2002)
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2002
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2000
County Kilburn
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1999
Rituals and Resolutions (Short Film)
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1997
Fathers' Day (1997)
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1997
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1997
Wag the Dog (1997)
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1997
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1996
Fargo (1996)
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1996
Dolly Parton: Treasures (TV Show)
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1993
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1992
The Turning (1992)
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1992
The Larry Sanders Show (1992) (TV Show)
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1992
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1990
Big Bad John (1990)
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1989
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1987
Dolly (1987) (TV Show)
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1986
Platoon (1986)
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1983
China Lake (Short Film)
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1982
Six Pack (1982)
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1982
Knight Rider (1982) (TV Show)
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1980
Bronco Billy (1980)
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1980
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1978
Convoy (1978)
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1978
Centennial (1978) (TV Show)
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1976
Drive-In (1976)
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1976
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1976
Dolly (1976) (TV Show)
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1975
Young and Abused
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1972
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1971
The Waltons (1971) (TV Show)
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1970
Chisum (1970)
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1969
Mondo Trasho (1969)
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1969
Hee Haw (1969) (TV Show)
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1969
Music Scene (1969) (TV Show)
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1969
The Johnny Cash Show (1969) (TV Show)
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1968
Killers Three (1968)
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1965
The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (1965) (TV Show)
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1961
The Porter Wagoner Show (1961) (TV Show)
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1958
Cannonball (TV Show)
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1948
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) (TV Show)
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Quotes

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List of Merle Haggard quotes.

And then I have two children by Theresa, one boy 10 and one girl 13.


At my age, I don't buy but a half a loaf of bread, you know?


Well, I'm kinda like George Carlin. I think that there ought to be a time where everybody should have all the drugs they want and there'd be nobody in charge, sort of like... now!


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  • Merle Haggard - Time Magazine [United States] (6 May 1974)

Dating History

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List of Merle Haggard relationships, in date order.

Albums

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List of albums by Merle Haggard, including album cover photos.

Songs

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List of top 10 songs by Merle Haggard.
Song TitleYear Released *Song Rank
Mama Tried 1969 30,003
Okie From Muskogee 1969 32,548
I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink 1994 50,696
Always Wanting You 1975 55,808
Sing Me Back Home 1969 66,829
The Bottle Let Me Down 1966 48,013
The Fightin' Side Of Me 1990 72,033
If We Make It Through December 1974 77,216
Pancho And Lefty 1996 122,087
Swinging Doors 1966 92,540
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)

Music Videos

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List of music videos for all major Merle Haggard songs.


First NameMerle
Middle NameRonald
Last NameHaggard
Full Name at BirthMerle Ronald Haggard
Other NamesOkie From Muskogee
Hag
Mighty Merle
Age77
Date of BirthApril 6, 1937
BirthplaceOildale, California, USA
BuildAverage
Hair ColorBrown - Dark
Star SignAries
SexualityStraight
EthnicityWhite
NationalityAmerican
OccupationCountry singer
Occupation CategoryCountry Musician
Claim to FameBranded Man (1967)
Music GenreCountry
Music StyleTraditional Country, Honky Tonk, Bakersfield Sound, Western Swing Revival, Fiddle
Music MoodRebellious, Poignant, Reverent, Dramatic, Uncompromising, Earthy, Laid-Back/Mellow, Rousing, Freewheeling, Rambunctious, Searching, Yearning, Warm, Nostalgic, Swaggering, Melancholy, Earnest, Intimate, Restrained, Autumnal, Provocative
InstrumentGuitar, Songwriter, Vocals
Official Websitemerlehaggard.com
FatherJames Francis Haggard
MotherFlossie Mae Haggard

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