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Merle Haggard

Born: 1937-04-06 - Died: 2016-04-06
Cause of Death:
Pneumonia


Death Summary: Merle Haggard died on his 79h birthday after a months-long battle with pneumonia. He was treated in a hospital in early December 2015. He recovered, but was hospitalized again in March 2016 after postponing some concerts. His April concerts were canceled as he struggled with double pneumonia. He eventually succumbed to the illness on April 6, 2016 at his home in Palo Cedro, California.

Who was Merle Haggard : Merle Haggard was a country singer/songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. He was part of the "outlaw country" movement and had 38 number one hits. He also won numerous awards including the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male for That's the Way Love Goes in 1984; Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Same Old Train" in 1998, and the 1999 Grammy Hall of Fame Award for "Mama Tried." Haggard won nearly 20 awards from the Academy of Country Music and six from the Country Music Association.

His number one hits include: "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" (1966), "Branded Man" (1967), "Sing Me Back Home" (1968), "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde" (1968), "Mama Tried" (1968), "Hungry Eyes" (1969), "Workin' Man Blues" (1969), "Okie from Muskogee" (1969), "The Fightin' Side of Me" (1970), "Daddy Frank" (1971), "Carolyn" (1971), "Grandma Harp" (1972), "It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)" (1972), "I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me" (1972), "Everybody's Had the Blues" (1973), "If We Make It Through December" (1973), "Things Aren't Funny Anymore" (1974), "Old Man from the Mountain" (1974), "Kentucky Gambler" (1974), "Always Wanting You" (1975), "Movin' On" (1975), "It's All in the Movies" (1975), "The Roots of My Raising" (1975), "Cherokee Maiden" (1976), "Bar Room Buddies" (with Clint Eastwood) (1980), "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" (1980), "My Favorite Memory" (1981), "Big City" (1981), "Yesterday's Wine" (with George Jones) (1982), "Going Where the Lonely Go" (1982), "You Take Me for Granted" (1982), "Pancho and Lefty" (with Willie Nelson) (1983), "That's the Way Love Goes" (1983), "Someday When Things Are Good" (1984), "Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room" (1984), "A Place to Fall Apart" (with Janie Frickie) (1984), "Natural High" (1985), and "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star" (1987).

Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. Three years later, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. He was hugely influential to many popular country music stars, and though he had been vocally critical of much of modern country's output, he did express praise for artists like George Strait, Toby Keith, and Alan Jackson.
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