Merle Haggard Portrait


Merle Haggard Portrait, illustrated here in downtown L.A. just prior to the release of his album “Big City” in 1981 with his butternut Telecaster, age 44.

Haggard was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler and an early contributor to the “Bakersfield Sound”.

He was born in Oildale, California. His childhood was troubled after the death of his father, and he was incarcerated several times in his youth (in 1957 he tried to rob a Bakersfield roadhouse, was caught and arrested. Convicted, he was sent to the Bakersfield Jail. After an escape attempt he was transferred to San Quentin Prison on February 21, 1958).
After being released from San Quentin State Prison in 1960, he managed to turn his life around and launch a successful country music career.

He gained popularity with his songs about the working class that occasionally contained themes contrary to anti-Vietnam War sentiment of some popular music of the time.
Between the 1960s and the 1980s, he had 38 number-one hits on the US country charts. With nearly seventy albums, Merle Haggard recorded at least six hundred songs. He wrote at least two hundred and fifty of those. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame (1994), awarded the Kennedy Center Honor (2010) and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2006).

Haggard released the duet album Pancho & Lefty with Willie Nelson in 1983, with the title track becoming an enormous hit for the duo.

With his backup band The Strangers, Haggard had numerous top ten hits: “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive”, “The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde”, “The Fugitive”, “Branded Man”, “Sing Me Back Home”, “Mama Tried”, “Working Man Blues”, “Okie From Muskogee”, “Silver Wings”, “The Fightin’ Side Of Me”, “If We Make It Through December”, “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink”, “Pancho And Leftie”, “That’s The Way Love Goes” and “Big City” to name a few.

In 1972, after Haggard had become an established country music star, then-California governor Ronald Reagan granted Haggard a full and unconditional pardon for his past crimes.

On the morning of April 6, 2016, his 79th birthday, he died of complications from double pneumonia at his home in Palo Cedro, Shasta County, California.

He was married 5 times.

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Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 20 × .25 in
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