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Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard


Bakersfield, California



Birth Name

Merle Ronald Haggard



Also Known As

The Hag
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Merle was a well known country music singer who performed over six decades.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Merle Haggard married his fifth wife, Theresa Ann Lane, on September 11, 1993. They are currently married and have 2 children.

    • Merle's fourth wife was named Debbie Parret. They married on June 1, 1985. They divorced in 1991.

    • Merle Haggard married his third wife, Leona Williams, on October 7, 1978. They divorced in 1983.

    • Merle Haggard's second wife was Bonnie Owens. They were married on January 28, 1968. They divorced ten years later in 1978.

    • Merle's first wife was named Leona Hobbs. They were married from 1956 until they divorced in 1964. They had 4 children together.

    • Merle Haggard's nicknames include Okie From Muskogee, The Poet of the Common Man, The Hag, and Mighty Merle.

    • Merle Haggard has scored 38 No. 1 Hits on Billboard magazine's country singles charts between 1967 and 1988.

    • Merle Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.

    • Merle was the bassist of the Wynn Stewart's Country band for six months during 1962-1963 and was performing with them.

    • When Merle first went to see a Lefty Frizzell's concert in Bakersfield, he and his friends went behind the scenes and he sang to Lefty. Lefty was amazed, and gave Merle the chance to sing with him on the stage.

    • Merle's favorite artists from his youth are Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell, and Hank Williams.

    • Merle's parents are James and Flossie Haggard. James was a fiddle player in local bars, and Flossie was a member of the Church of Christ.

    • In 1994 Merle had a autobiographical self-starring movie called Merle Haggard: An American Story. The movie also featured several more country and rock 'N roll stars, such as Clint Black and Alan Jackson.

    • Merle is a fan of the country singer Bob Wills.

    • Merle's songs were covered by several famous modern Country singers: Reba McEntire, Alabama, Pam Tillis, and Jack Ingram.

    • Hag criticized the modern Country several times. He was even mentioned in the Dixie Chicks' song Long Time Gone: "But the music ain't got no soul; Now they sound tired but they don't sound Haggard".

    • Merle's former wife, Bonnie Owens, died on April 24, 2006, in Bakersfield. She had an Alzheimer's disease, and was 76 when she died.

    • Merle has won no less than 10 Academy of Country Music Awards, between 1965 and 1982, most of them were the Top Male Vocalist Award.

    • Merle was sent to prison for robbery crime in 1957. He was released in 1960, and was given a full pardon from Ronald Reagan in 1972.

    • Merle has already released more than 150 albums, since 1965, and still records several albums every year.

    • In 1977, Merle was officially inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

    • Merle is one of the founders of the Country Bakersfield sound, along with the most famous founder, Buck Owens.

    • Merle is often nicknamed "The Hag."

    • In the 2006's Grammy Awards, Merle was awarded a Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement for his career, which is yet to continue.

    • Merle is featured in Gretchen Wilson's song Politically Uncorrect (2006). He also appears on the video for this song, singing from the signs.

  • Quotes

    • Merle Haggard: (about Buck Owens, who died March 2005) Buck influenced a lot of people, from The Beatles to me. Buck and I were in a lot of battles over the years, always on the same side. Over the last few years, we'd become closer. He even flew up to Portland to see me when I opened for Dylan last year. We were outlaws together.

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