RIP: Merle Haggard Passes Away
Merle Ronald Haggard was a U.S. country music instrumentalist, fiddler, guitarist, singer and songwriter.
It is very sad to report the loss of a real legend of country music and close associate of Willie’s Roadhouse and Outlaw Country. The member of Country Music Hall of Fame and “The Poet of Common Man”, Haggard died on his birthday. He was 79 years old. We are expecting detailed information soon.
After refining his craft in the Honky tonks of California, Haggard helped furnace the well-known “Bakersfield Sound” that fumed the jukeboxes and airwaves of the 1960s accompanied by a sequence of signature songs including The Bottle Let Me Down, Swinging Doors and Mama Tried.
Till the decade’s end, his songs The Fightin’ Side of Me and Okie of Muskogee became hymns of the “silent majority” of Vietnam era, but instead of meeting the expectations, he returned back to his home country and recorded compliments to his musical idols Bob Wills and Jimmie Rodgers.
He indulged in recordings for more than 5 decades, scoring some superb thirty-eight No. 1 hits securing and claiming CMA, ACMS and Grammys awards membership in Hall of Fame of Nashville Songwriter and Country Music, and the Kennedy Center Honors as a performing artist, bandleader, vocalist and songwriter.
Last December, he was insisted to delay a series of concert dates due to being hospitalized after struck by double pneumonia. On Willie’s Roadhouse, he went into the Dallas Wayne show to tell an apprise regarding his condition and acknowledge his fans, the folks who cared for him and stated that he truly admires all Willie’s Roadhouse and Willie Nelson for supporting his music.
Merle Haggard by himself stances in a class and has left an enduring mark on music landscape of America. The host of Willie’s Roadhouse, Dallas Wayne, is grief on the great loss and paying tribute the life of our most beloved friend today, accompanied by his fellow musicians and fans. It is quite sad to learn that we would not be seeing any further tweets or Snapchat stories from Haggard. Rest in peace dear friend!