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Merle Haggard

Biography

Nation singer of “Okie From Muskogee” who was simply the leader from the music group The Strangers. He was a Nation Music Hall of Popularity inductee in 1994. His family members moved western world because their plantation burned down through the Great Unhappiness. As a man, Haggard experienced legal difficulty for minimal offenses like fraud. He was honored using a Grammy Life time Achievement Prize in 2006 and a Kennedy Middle Honor this year 2010. He was wedded five situations: initial to Leona Hobbs in 1956, after that to Bonnie Owens in 1968, after that to Leona Williams in 1978, after that to Debbie Parret on in 1985, and to Theresa Ann Street on Sept 11, 1993. Kris Kristofferson once performed for Haggard in Washington D.C.

Quick Facts


Full Name Merle Haggard
Date Of Birth April 6, 1937
Died April 6, 2016, Palo Cedro, California, United States
Place Of Birth Oildale, CA
Height 1.75 m
Profession Country Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Theresa Ann Lane, Debbie Parret, Leona Williams, Bonnie Owens, Leona Hobbs
Children Ben Haggard, Noel Haggard, Marty Haggard, Jenessa Haggard, Kelli Haggard, Dana Haggard
Parents Flossie Mae Harp, James Francis Haggard
Siblings Lillian Haggard, Lowell Haggard
Awards Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year, Kennedy Center Honors, Country Music Association Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Academy of Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Single of the Year, Grammy Hall of Fame, Academy of Country Music Award for Album of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Vocal Duo of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year, Academy of Country Music Awards Crystal Milestone Award, Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, Academy of Country Music Award for New Male Vocalist of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Single Record of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Duo of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, Academy of Country Music Awards Cliffie Stone Icon Award, Academy of Country Music Awards Poet's Award, Academy of Country Music Award for Triple Crown, American Music Award of Merit, GMA Dove Award for Country Recorded Song of the Year
Music Groups The Strangers
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, Country Music Association Award for Musical Event of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Event of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist, Academy of Country Music Award for Television Personality
Movies Killers Three, Hillbillys in a Haunted House, The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico, The American Epic Sessions, From Nashville With Music, Huckleberry Finn, Country: Portraits of an American Sound, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, The 5th Dimension Travelling Sunshine Show, My Fool Heart, Johnny Cash: The Anthology, Dolly Parton and Friends: On the Country Train, Merle Haggard: In Concert, Merle Haggard: Live from Austin, TX, Merle Haggard: Live at Billy Bob's Texas, #1 Country Hits: Men of Country, Last of the Breed, 25 Country Classics, Country Legends Live: Vol. 2, 50 Years of Country Gold, Willie Nelson & Guests: Rock the Night Away, Country Fever Jukebox: Vol. 3, Merle Haggard: Live from Austin TX '78, Inside the Music: Classic Country, Country Stars on the Rise
TV Shows Centennial
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1 Supported Hillary Clinton's bid to win the Democratic nomination in 2016.
2 Died on his birthday, after complications with pneumonia at his home in California. He was 79.
3 Underwent surgery for lung cancer in November 2008.
4 Hospitalized with double pneumonia in December 2015 and March 2016.
5 Famous country & western singer
6 Bore a resemblance to actor Warren Beatty during the 1960s & '70s.
7 Recipient of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors; other recipients that year were Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Herman, Paul McCartney, and Bill T. Jones.
8 Son of James Frances Haggard and Flossie Mae Harp, children: Dana, Marty, Kelli and Noel Haggard.
9 Has scored 38 No. 1 hits on Billboard magazine's country singles charts between 1967 to 1988. Among his biggest hits included "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" (1967); "Sing Me Back Home," "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde" and "Mama Tried" (all 1968); "Hungry Eyes," "Working Man Blues" and "Okie From Muskogee" (all 1969); "The Fightin' Side of Me" (1970); "If We Make it Through December" (1973); and "Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star" (1988). He's also had duet hits with such performers as Leona Williams, Clint Eastwood, George Jones, Willie Nelson and Jewel Kilcher.
10 Has been vocal in his opposition to the state of current country radio programming, which he has said focuses more on younger, pop-country oriented acts rather than traditional stars.
11 As an inmate at San Quentin from 1958 to 1960, Merle Haggard saw Johnny Cash play at the prison on January 1, 1959. It changed his life. Haggard was later granted a pardon by Ronald Reagan when the former actor was Governor of California.
12 Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ballers TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Mad Men TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Finders Keepers 2015/I Documentary writer: "Mama Tried"
The Judge 2014 writer: "The Bottle Let Me Down"
The Marty Stuart Show TV Series writer - 7 episodes, 2009 - 2014 performer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2013
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 TV Special performer: "Okie from Muskogee" / writer: "Okie from Muskogee"
Ragamuffin 2014 arranger: "This World Is Not My Home"
One Hit Wonderland TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Jack Reacher 2012 performer: "The Fightin' Side of Me" / writer: "The Fightin' Side of Me"
The Factory 2012/V performer: "Put Me In Your Pocket"
The Sapphires 2012 writer: "Today I Started Loving You Again" - as Haggard
Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 2012 Documentary writer: "Are the Good Times Really Over?"
Les infidèles 2012 performer: "Workin' Man Blues" / writer: "Workin' Man Blues"
CMT: 40 Greatest Love Songs 2011 TV Movie performer: "That's The Way Love Goes"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Memphis Rising: Elvis Returns 2011 performer: "From GraceLand To The Promise Land" / writer: "From GraceLand To The Promise Land"
Country Strong 2010 writer: "Silver Wings"
Country's Greatest Stars Live: Vol. 1 2010 Video performer: "Texas Playboy Theme / Bob Wills Special / Ida Red / Faded Love / Roly Poly / San Antonio Rose"
Skateland 2010 performer: "PANCHO AND LEFTY"
Legion 2010 performer: "If We Make It through December" / writer: "If We Make It through December"
Capitalism: A Love Story 2009 Documentary performer: "Jesus Christ"
Crook & Chase 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dolly Parton & Friends: Love Always - Live from Texas 2009 Video performer: "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink"
The Strangers 2008 performer: "Mama Tried" / writer: "Mama Tried"
Friday Night Lights 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tommy Emmanuel: Center Stage 2008 TV Movie writer: "Workin' Man Blues"
40th Annual Country Music Association Awards 2006 TV Special performer: "Okie From Muskogee" / writer: "Okie From Muskogee"
CMT Insider 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland 2006 Documentary performer: "Okie from Muskogee", "Mama Tried" / writer: "Okie from Muskogee", "Mama Tried"
Come Early Morning 2006 performer: "THE WAY I AM", "SILVER WINGS" / writer: "SILVER WINGS"
Brokeback Mountain 2005 performer: "I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall" / writer: "I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall"
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 performer: "Workin' Man Blues" 1969 / writer: "Workin' Man Blues" 1969
Rail Kings 2005 Video performer: "Waitin' For a Train"
The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico 2005 writer: "Working Man Blues"
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Video Game performer: "Always Wanting You" / writer: "Always Wanting You"
Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt 2004 Documentary performer: "Pancho & Lefty"
Crash 2004/I writer: "Swinging Doors" 1966
Dolly Parton & Friends on the Country Train 2003 Video performer: "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" / writer: "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink"
One Small Leap 2002 Short performer: "Okie from Muskogee"
Ken Park 2002 performer: "Mom and Dad's Waltz"
The Slaughter Rule 2002 writer: "Silver Wings"
County Kilburn 2000 performer: "Mixed up a mess of Heart" / writer: "Mixed up a mess of Heart"
Rituals and Resolutions 1999 Short performer: "Blue Christmas"
Wag the Dog 1997 performer: "Courage Mom" / writer: "Courage Mom"
Full Tilt Boogie 1997 Documentary writer: "Mama Tried"
Niagara, Niagara 1997 writer: "I Think I've Found a Way"
Fathers' Day 1997 performer: "The Bottle Let Me Down" / writer: "The Bottle Let Me Down"
Dolly Parton: Treasures 1996 TV Movie documentary writer: "Today I Started Loving You Again"
Late Show with David Letterman 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ed 1996 performer: "I Don't Want to Sober Up Tonight" / writer: "I Don't Want to Sober Up Tonight"
Fargo 1996 performer: "Big City" / writer: "Big City"
The Larry Sanders Show 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Turning 1992 performer: "Make Up And Faded Blue Jeans" / writer: "Make Up And Faded Blue Jeans"
Big Bad John 1990 performer: "Pancho and Lefty", "Big City" / producer: "Big City" / writer: "Big City"
For All Mankind 1989 Documentary performer: "Someday We'll Look Back" / writer: "Someday We'll Look Back"
Dolly TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1988 writer - 1 episode, 1988
Platoon 1986 performer: "OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE" / writer: "OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE"
Heartburn 1986 performer: "Are the Good Times Really Over?" / writer: "Are the Good Times Really Over?"
Knight Rider 1984-1986 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
China Lake 1983 Short "You Don't Have Very Far to Go" / performer: "You Don't Have Very Far to Go"
Six Pack 1982 performer: "Rainbow Stew" / writer: "Rainbow Stew"
The Legend of the Lone Ranger 1981 performer: "The Man in the Mask"
Honeysuckle Rose 1980 writer: "Working Man Blues"
Bronco Billy 1980 performer: "Misery and Gin", "Barroom Buddies"
Saint Jack 1979 performer: "An Okie from Muskogee", "If We Make It Through December" / writer: "An Okie from Muskogee", "If We Make It Through December"
Mapa zámorských objevu 1979 TV Movie music: "Bída s nouzí" "I Threw Away the Rose"
Centennial 1979 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Convoy 1978 performer: "Okie from Muskogee" / writer: "Okie from Muskogee"
Pony Express Rider 1976 performer: "There's a New World Waitin'"
The Waltons 1976 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Drive-In 1976 performer: "Today I Started Loving You Again" / writer: "Today I Started Loving You Again"
Dolly 1976 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Young and Abused 1975 performer: "Okie from Muskogee" - uncredited / writer: "Okie from Muskogee" - uncredited
Austin City Limits 1975 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cocksucker Blues 1972 Documentary performer: "If You've Got Time To Say Goodbye" - uncredited / writer: "If You've Got Time To Say Goodbye" - uncredited
The Ed Sullivan Show 1971 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Johnny Cash Show TV Series writer - 8 episodes, 1969 - 1971 performer - 7 episodes, 1969 - 1971
Chisum 1970 performer: "Turn Me Around"
The Dean Martin Show 1970 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Porter Wagoner Show 1970 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hee Haw TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1969 writer - 1 episode, 1969
Music Scene 1969 TV Series performer - 1 episode
From Nashville with Music 1969 lyrics: "Branded Man", "Today I Started Loving You Again", "Hungry Eyes" / music: "Branded Man", "Today I Started Loving You Again", "Hungry Eyes" / performer: "Branded Man", "Today I Started Loving You Again", "Hungry Eyes"
Mondo Trasho 1969 performer: "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive"
Killers Three 1968 performer: "The Ballad From Killers Three Mama Tried", "Killers Three" / writer: "The Ballad From Killers Three Mama Tried", "Killers Three"
New American Bandstand 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1968 writer - 1 episode, 1968
Hillbillys in a Haunted House 1967 performer: "Someone Told My Story", "Swinging Doors" - uncredited / writer: "Someone Told My Story", "Swinging Doors" - uncredited
Cannonball 1958 TV Series lyrics: "Cannonball" / music: "Cannonball"
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1956 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Movin' On 1974-1976 TV Series composer - 45 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Fool Heart 2011 post-production Country Preacher
On the Outside Looking In pre-production
Wag the Dog 1997 Merle Haggard
The All American Cowboy 1985 TV Movie
The Legend of the Lone Ranger 1981 Balladeer
Centennial 1979 TV Mini-Series Cisco Calendar
The Waltons 1976 TV Series Red Turner
Huckleberry Finn 1975 TV Movie Duke
Doc Elliot 1974 TV Series Owen Henderson
From Nashville with Music 1969 Merle Haggard
Killers Three 1968 Charlie
Hillbillys in a Haunted House 1967 Merle Haggard - Singer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Johnny Cash: Half Mile a Day 2000 Video documentary photo provider

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Capitalism: A Love Story 2009 Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The American Hobo 2003 Documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2000-2003 TV Series Himself
American Roots Music 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Austin City Limits 1996-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Johnny Cash: Half Mile a Day 2000 Video documentary Himself
Johnny Cash: The Anthology 2000 Video Himself
Merle Haggard: Live in Concert 1999 Video documentary Himself
Poet of the Common Man 1999 Video documentary Himself
The Best of Merle Haggard 1999 Video documentary Himself
Asleep at the Wheel: The Making of 'Ride with Bob' 1999 TV Movie Himself
Century of Country 1999 TV Mini-Series Himself
Tammy Wynette: First Lady of Country Memorial Service 1998 TV Movie Himself / Speaker / Performer
Workin' Man: A Tribute to Merle Haggard 1998 TV Special Himself
Dolly Parton: Treasures 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
America's Music: The Roots of Country 1996 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Lost in Music 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
28th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Hall-of-Fame Honoree
Hot Country Nights 1992 TV Series Himself
25th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
The 18th Annual American Music Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
An All Star Salute to Country Music 1990 TV Movie Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Himself
Hee Haw 1969-1989 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Co-Host
Cinemax Sessions 1988 TV Series Himself
Dolly 1988 TV Series Himself
The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself
Elvis: Memories 1985 Video documentary
The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team 1984 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Let Me Tell You About a Song 1982 TV Movie documentary
Tomorrow Coast to Coast 1981 TV Series Himself
Encore! 1980 TV Special Himself
Bronco Billy 1980 Himself (uncredited)
Nashville Remembers Elvis on His Birthday 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself
50 Years of Country Music 1978 TV Movie Himself
Jamboree in the Hills 1978 TV Movie Himself
Donny and Marie 1977 TV Series Himself
The 5th Dimension Traveling Sunshine Show 1971 TV Movie Himself
The Johnny Cash Show 1969-1971 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Kraft Music Hall 1969-1970 TV Series Himself
The Porter Wagoner Show 1970 TV Series Himself - Guest Performer
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters 1969 TV Series Himself
Della 1969 TV Series Himself
Music Scene 1969 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
New American Bandstand 1965 1968 TV Series Himself - Performer
The Joey Bishop Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The Jimmy Dean Show 1965 TV Series Himself
Death Valley Days 1952 TV Series Himself / Host (1975)
The American Epic Sessions 2017 Documentary Himself
Time Presents: Milestones 2016 - A Tribute to the Stars We've Lost 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself
Johnny Cash: American Rebel 2015 Documentary Himself
Country: Portraits of an American Sound 2015 Documentary Himself
The Marty Stuart Show 2010-2014 TV Series Himself - Special Guest / Himself
Billy Mize & the Bakersfield Sound 2014 Documentary
ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops 2014 TV Movie Himself - Performer
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Performer (uncredited)
Workin' Man Blues 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Big Interview with Dan Rather 2013 TV Series Himself
Musically Medicated 2013 Documentary Himself
From Dust to Dreams: Opening Night at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts 2012 TV Movie Himself
Hank Cochran: Livin' for a Song 2012 Documentary Himself
Tavis Smiley 2011 TV Series Himself
Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah 2011 Documentary Himself - Songwriter
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1996-2011 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2010 TV Special Himself
Hempsters: Plant the Seed 2010 Documentary Himself
CMT Insider 2006-2010 TV Series Himself
American Masters 2007-2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison 2008 Documentary Himself
Johnny Cash's America 2008 Documentary Himself
Real Time with Bill Maher 2008 TV Series Himself
Last of the Breed: Live in Concert 2007 TV Movie Himself
Great Performances 2007 TV Series Himself
Race to the Red Carpet: 2006 Country Music Awards 2006 TV Special Himself (singing voice)
Marty Robbins: Seems Like Yesterday 2006 Documentary Himself
CMT Outlaws 2005 2005 TV Special Himself - Performer
Patriotic Country Album Special 2005 TV Movie Himself
Legends in Bronze Concert 2005 Video Himself
CMT: 20 Greatest Country Bands 2005 TV Special Himself
All We Are Saying 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico 2005 Himself
Celebrating the Man in Black: The Making of 'Walk the Line' 2005 TV Short documentary Himself - Musician / Friend
Larry King Live 2004 TV Series Himself
CMT Outlaws 2004 TV Special Himself
Merle Haggard: Ol' Country Singer 2004 Video documentary Lead Vocals

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
The Big Interview with Dan Rather 2014-2016 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Himself
Rich Hall's California Stars 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Joy of Country 2011 TV Movie Himself
CMT: 40 Greatest Love Songs 2011 TV Movie Himself
Country's Greatest Stars Live: Vol. 1 2010 Video Himself
Crook & Chase 2009 TV Series Himself
Dolly Parton & Friends: Love Always - Live from Texas 2009 Video Himself - Performer
The Best of the Porter Wagoner Show! Classic Shows: Vol. 3 2008 Video Himself
40th Annual Country Music Association Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
CMT: The Greatest - 40 Greatest Albums 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dolly Parton & Friends on the Country Train 2003 Video Himself
Country Legends 2001 Video Himself - Performer
Merle Haggard: An American Story 1994 TV Special Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Country Collaboration with Vocals · Toby Keith
· Willie Nelson
1981 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Song or Song Performance in a Film or End Credits The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)


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#Quote
1 When George Jones died, we lost the greatest country singer who ever lived. Every time he stepped in front of a mike, he knocked me out. "She Thinks I Still Care' is my favorite. Then there's 'White Lightning', and the list goes on forever. His delivery on 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' is comparable to a fine opera. He's conveying something there about as well as it can be conveyed. I think he's with the Lord, probably having a great time , him and old Hank Williams and all the rest. ( Wait a minute now, Hank may not be there.) George was real .. the most down-to-earth old country boy - didn't want anything special. He was just George Jones and we loved him.
2 Willie Nelson's the one who told me the reason it costs so much to get divorced is because it's worth it.


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