Merle Haggard was a renowned American country and western singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, record producer and fiddler.
Merle Ronald Haggard was born on April 6, 1937, in Bakersfield, California, the USA to parents, Flossie Mae Harp and James Francis Haggard. Merle’s family had moved from Checotah, Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression after their barn burned in 1934.
Merle Haggard has two older siblings James ‘Lowell’ and Lillian. Unfortunately for Merle, he lost his father in 1946 due to a brain haemorrhage. There is no information regarding his educational background.
Merle Haggard resorted to burglary and petty robbery later in his early life which finally led him to San Quentin Prison after he tried escaping the Bakersfield Jail. He was released from San Quentin on parole in 1960 and later began recording with Tally Records.
Merle Haggard rose to fame after recording his version of Wynn Stewart’s “Sing a Sad Song” which became a national hit in 1964. He got inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.
However, Merle Haggard passed away on the morning of his 79th birthday, April 6, 2016, due to complications from pneumonia at his home in Palo Cedro, Shasta County, California.
Merle Haggard Height
Merle Haggard stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.75 m).
Merle Haggard YouTube
Merle Haggard has a self-titled YouTube account with over 100,000 subscribers.
Merle Haggard Net Worth
Merle Haggard has a net worth estimated to be $40 million.
Merle Haggard Wife
Merle Haggard was married five times throughout his lifetime. He was first married to Leona Hobbs from 1956 to 1964. He later married singer Bonnie Owens in 1965 but divorced in 1978.
Merle Haggard later tied the knot with Leona Williams in 1978 and in 1983, they divorced. In 1985, he married Debbie Parret, however, they divorced in 1991. His fifth marriage was to Theresa Ann Lane, on September 11, 1993.
Merle Haggard Children
Merle Haggard is the father of 6 children including Dana, Marty, Kelli, Noel, Jenessa, and Ben.
Merle Haggard Songs
- Pancho And Lefty
- I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink
- Mama Tried
- Silver Wings
- The Fightin’ Side Of Me
- Today I Started Loving You Again
- All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers
- Misery and Gin
- The Runnin’ Kind
- Swinging Doors
- It’s All Going to Pot
- C.C. Waterback
- Jesus, Take A Hold
- Old Man From The Mountain
- Mama’s Hungry Eyes
- Holding Things Together
- Branded Man
- Kern River Blues
- Here Comes The Freedom Train
- It’s Been a Great Afternoon
- I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am
- If I Could Only Fly
- My Favorite Memory
- If We’re Not Back In Love By Monday
- My Own Kind of Hat
- The Emptiest Arms in the World
- The Way I Am
- Things Aren’t Funny Anymore
- I Threw Away The Rose
- Rainbow Stew
- Honky Tonk Night Time Man