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Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country and Western songwriter, 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… read more

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  • Avatar for AngeloSwift13
    Wow, I just can't imagine to live in a world without Merle Haggard. RIP to one of the greatest singers and songwriters in the WHOLE music business, not just in country music.
  • Avatar for Friscollez
    Thanks for the timeless music. The poet of the common man will always live. Merle Haggard forever.
  • Avatar for davemcarlson
    Merle, let us sing you back home. [3]
  • Avatar for kali_ram
    Merle, let us sing you back home (2).
  • Avatar for garynotrashcoug
    If you said Merle was the greatest country artist of all time, I probably wouldn't argue with you. A tremendous loss. This has been an utterly terrible year for music. [2] Completely agree, but this one is particularly upsetting to me. Merle, let us sing you back home.
  • Avatar for fling93
    It's the all-Merle channel for me today. RIP. :(
  • Avatar for DrMopinker
    RIP buddy ;_;
  • Avatar for KingNoCrown
    Another legend gone. RIP.
  • Avatar for avrilisepic
    Truly one of music's all time greats. He is now gone, but his music will live on forever. Rest well Merle xoxo
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