Merle Haggard (April 6, 1937-April 6, 2016). More sad news this year – the passing, ironically on his birthday, of Country-Western Music legend Merle Haggard, who turned 79 today and who left us shortly after, earlier this morning.
Although Merle Haggard was known as an icon in Country-Western circles, his fame and influence extended far beyond that and touched many people in many different genres. He was, above all, a voice for the people; the downtrodden and disenfranchised – and it was the rough-hewn and stark realism in his music which came about the Outlaw Country Movement and won him universal fame and admiration.
So his passing today has been a blow to many people, all over the world – even to those not Country-Western fans.
As a tribute, I ran across a short snippet of his first Hollywood Bowl appearance – during Capitol Records annual Country Night At The Bowl from July of 1967. As far as I know, it’s never been issued and it’s never been heard until today, and it only seems fitting to make it available as a reminder of who was just lost today.
RIP: Merle Haggard – one of a kind.
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