The original Okie from Muscogee has left the building.
By Fred Mills
The country music world – and probably the entire music world – is mourning the lost yesterday (April 6) of Merle Haggard, who died at home in California, on his birthday at the age of 79. According to CNN, it was due to complications from pneumonia, as verifiied by his agent Lance Roberts. The former petty criminal and prison inmate (terms used both literally and figuratively) rose through the country music ranks in the ’60s and ’70s to become one of the true living legends, part of the vaunted “Bakersfield sound” even as he notched number one hit after number one hit.
As his Wikipedia page notes, he continued to tour and release solidly selling albums for the rest of his live, getting inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.
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