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 grew up in.
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. I believe the song "Misery and Gin" is one of the best bar room songs ever written. Just my opinion.
Merle's duet with Jewel on "That's The Way Love Goes" with full orchestra will have you playing the video over and over. My favorite on this "Fightin' Side" album is "I Take A Lot of Pride In What I Am," and Merle's perfect renditions of Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins songs will have you believing they're singing live on stage with him.
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.
"Tear Time" takes you through a feminine emotional experience and will touch your heart with the lyrics, "All it takes is the smallest thought of you...Then tear time starts crying all night through." Read more...
Patsy Montana's cowboy song lyrics paints a different picture of a woman who wants to rope and ride and sleep out under the stars, just like her Cowboy Sweetheart. Suzy Bogguss does the song proud. Read More...
Favorite Merle Haggard songs and performances.
Enjoy some toe-taping honky tonk classics on these two great DVD's.
Polish up your spurs, Saddle up ole paint and get ready to relive your childhood! Come with me and let's relive those bygone days with these cowboy campfire songs and fond memories of your favorite silver screen cowboys. Read more...
Why did Patsy dislike the song "Crazy" when she first heard it? Read more.
Amarillo By Morning is a Rodeo ballad first recorded in 1973, but the George Strait version which came out ten years later is the one everyone knows and turned Strait into an overnight star. The whining fiddle arrangement will stay with you long after the song ends. Read more...
One of the all time classic country cheating songs that finds the singer having a torrid affair with a lover in another city and state. Read more...