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.
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!
|Song Title||Year Released *||Song Rank|
|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|
|Full Name at Birth||Merle Ronald Haggard|
|Other Names||Okie From MuskogeeHagMighty Merle|
|Date of Birth||April 6, 1937|
|Birthplace||Oildale, California, USA|
|Hair Color||Brown - Dark|
|Occupation Category||Country Musician|
|Claim to Fame||Branded Man (1967)|
|Music Style||Traditional Country, Honky Tonk, Bakersfield Sound, Western Swing Revival, Fiddle|
|Music Mood||Rebellious, Poignant, Reverent, Dramatic, Uncompromising, Earthy, Laid-Back/Mellow, Rousing, Freewheeling, Rambunctious, Searching, Yearning, Warm, Nostalgic, Swaggering, Melancholy, Earnest, Intimate, Restrained, Autumnal, Provocative|
|Instrument||Guitar, Songwriter, Vocals|
|Father||James Francis Haggard|
|Mother||Flossie Mae Haggard|