Merle Haggard was one of the greatest songwriters to ever live, in any genre of music. He penned 38 No. 1 hits, was inducted to numerous halls of fame and received one of the highest honors an artist can receive in this country– the Kennedy Center Honors, given to those who have spent their lifetime contributing to American culture.
In 2009, Rolling Stone called Haggard, “the backbone of one of the greatest repertoires in all of American music, plain-spoken songs populated by the kinds of working people Haggard grew up with: farmers, hobos, convicts, widows, musicians and drunks.”
Haggard’s legacy will live on for generations to come because simply put, he was the most influential singer-songwriter in country music history.
9 Merle Haggard Classics Everyone Should Know:
“Okie From Muskogee”
“The Bottle Let Me Down”
“The Fightin’ Side of Me”
“Today I Started Loving You Again”
“Workin’ Man Blues”
“White Line Fever”
“Things Aren’t Funny Anymore”