Merle Haggard songs, vinyl records and albums have always been favorites in my collection.
When I listen to one of his songs and read what all he's been through, it's easy to understand why Merle probably wrote most of his song lyrics about his own life and the hard times he went through
Of all the country singers, I believe Merle has the best "Makes it sound so easy" voice in the business. As you watch the videos you will see why I believe Merle is truly a one of a kind country singer.
One of my favorite Merle Haggard songs, "The Roots of my Raising" reminds me of my early years back in Hamilton, Ohio. In an early verse in the song Merle sings......
"Three miles down a gravel road, I could see the proud old home---A tribute to a way of life that's almost come and gone."
How true that is today. It would be hard for anyone that did not grow up in the fifties and sixties to really understand how carefree and simple life really was.
I listened to Merle in the sixties but when I purchased his album "The Fightin' Side of Me" in 1970 he became my favorite country artist.
That live album is one of the best live recordings I have ever listened to. I still have that album today in excellent condition.
Merle has 38 number one songs and here is a list of his numerous awards.
Below is some of my favorite recordings by Merle. I have placed videos with each set of lyrics so you can see how Merle's style has never really changed in over forty years.
Sadly, one of the great country legends of our time, died on his birthday, April 6, 2016. God Bless you Merle Haggard for making country music a pleasure to listen to and the way it should be played.
Favorite Merle Haggard songs and performances.
Enjoy some toe-taping honky tonk classics on these two great DVD's.
Stop on over and read some of Johnny's best ever song lyrics on the song "Big River."Read more.
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The song "True Love Ways" was recorded in the presence of Buddy's wife, and should be appreciated for the impact of this great song, and the love that inspired it. Read the story here.