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Merle Haggard

As a performer and a songwriter, Merle Haggard was the most important country artist to emerge in the 1960s, and he became one of the leading figures of the Bakersfield country scene in the '60s. While his music remained hardcore country, he pushed the boundaries of the music quite far. Like his idol, Bob Wills, his music was a melting pot that drew from all forms of traditional American music -- country, jazz, blues, and folk -- and in the process, developed a distinctive style of his own. As a performer, singer, and musician, he was one of the best, influencing countless other artists. Not coincidentally, he was the best singer/songwriter in country music since Hank Williams, writing a body of songs that became classics. Throughout his career, Haggard has been a champion of the working man, largely due to his rough and tumble history.

It's impossible to separate Haggard's music from his life. He was born to James and Flossie Haggard on April 6, 1937. His parents moved from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression, converting an old boxcar into a home. Before their marriage, James played fiddle in local honky tonk bars. Flossie was a member of the Church of Christ, which led to her forcing her husband to stop playing the honky tonks. James died from a brain tumor when Merle was nine years old. After his father's death, Merle became rebellious. In an attempt to straighten her son out, his mother put him in several juvenile detention centers, but it had little effect on Merle's behavior. As a teenager, he fell in love with country music, particularly Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell, and Hank Williams. When he was 12 years old, Haggard was given his first guitar by his older brother; Merle taught himself how to play by listening to records that were lying around the house.

Even though he had begun to pursue music, Haggard continued to rebel, running away with his friend Bob Teague to Texas when he was 14 years old. A few months later, the pair returned to California, where they were arrested as robbery suspects. After the real thieves were caught, Haggard was sent back to juvenile hall, but he and Teague took off to Modesto, CA. For a brief time, he did manual labor, was a short-order cook, drove a truck, and committed a series of small crimes. Soon after he moved to Modesto, Haggard made his performing debut with Teague at a bar named the Fun Center; the two were paid five dollars and given all the beer that they could drink.

By the end of 1951, Haggard had returned home and he was again arrested for truancy, as well as petty larceny. In the beginning of 1952, he was sent to Fred C. Nelles School for Boys in Whittier, CA; again, he ran away. This time, the courts decided he was incorrigible and sent him to the high-security Preston School of Industry; he was released after 15 months. Shortly after his release, he and a boy he met at PSI beat up a local boy during an attempted robbery, and Haggard was sent back to PSI.

After getting out of PSI for the second time, Haggard had the first major event in his musical career. He went with Teague to see Lefty Frizzell in concert in Bakersfield. Before the show, he went backstage with several friends and he sang a couple songs for Frizzell. Lefty was so impressed he refused to go on-stage until Haggard was allowed to sing a song. Merle went out and sang a few songs to an enthusiastic response from the audience.

The reception persuaded Haggard to actively pursue a musical career. While he was working during the day in oil fields and farms, he performed at local Bakersfield clubs. His performances led to a spot on a local television show, Chuck Wagon. In 1956, he married Leona Hobbs; the couple moved into his family's old converted boxcar. Throughout 1957, Haggard was plagued by financial problems, which made him turn to robbery. At the end of the year, he attempted to rob a restaurant along with two other burglars; the three were drunk at the time. Believing it was three o'clock in the morning, the trio tried to open up the back door of the restaurant. However, it was 10:30 and the establishment was still open. Although the trio fled the scene, Haggard was arrested that day. The following day, he escaped from prison in order to make peace with his wife and family; later that day, he was recaptured. Haggard was sentenced to a 15-year term and sent to San Quentin prison.

Prison didn't immediately lead Merle into rehabilitation. He was fired from a series of prison jobs and planned an escape from the jail, but was talked out of it by fellow inmates. Nearly two years into his sentence, Haggard discovered that his wife was pregnant with another man's child. The news sent Haggard over the edge. Soon, he and his cellmate began a gambling racket and brewing beer in their cell. Before long, Haggard was caught drunk and was placed in isolation for a week. During his time in isolation, he had several conversations with Caryl Chessman, an author and a member of death row. The conversations and the time in isolation convinced Haggard to turn his life around. After he left isolation, he began working in the prison's textile plant and took some high school equivalency courses; he was also allowed to play in the prison's country band. At his second parole hearing in 1960, Haggard was given a five-year sentence -- two years and nine months in jail, two years and three months on parole; he left prison 90 days later.

Merle moved back in with Leona and returned to manual labor. In the meantime, he sang at local clubs at night. After taking second place at a local talent contest, Haggard was asked to become a relief singer for a band led by Johnny Barnett at one of the most popular Bakersfield clubs, Lucky Spot. Soon, Merle was making enough money playing music he could quit his ditch-digging job. While singing with Barnett, he gained the attention of Fuzzy Owen, who owned the small record label Tally Records. Owen and his cousin Lewis Talley were instrumental in establishing Haggard's musical career. Owen made the first recording of Haggard, cutting a demo version of one of the singer's first songs, "Skid Row." Shortly after the recording, Haggard called Talley, who had praised him earlier in his career. Talley was able to land Haggard a job at Paul's Cocktail Lounge, which led to a slot on a local music television show.

During this time, Bakersfield country was beginning to become a national scene, largely due to the hit singles of Buck Owens. At a time when mainstream country was dominated by the lush, smooth countrypolitain sound of Nashville, Bakersfield country grew out of hardcore honky tonk, adding elements of Western swing. Bakersfield country also relied on electric instruments and amplification more than other subgenres of country, giving the music hard, driving, edgy flavor. During the late '50s, Tommy Collins and Wynn Stewart were two of the Bakersfield artists to have hits, and both were influential on Merle Haggard's career, musically as well as professionally. Haggard had admired Stewart's vocal style, and it helped shape his phrasing.

Early in 1962, Haggard traveled to Las Vegas to see Wynn Stewart's club show. Stewart was not at the club, having left to find a replacement bass player. During the show, one of Stewart's guitarists remembered Haggard and invited him to sing a couple of songs on-stage. Stewart walked in while Haggard was singing and was impressed, asking him to join his band as a bassist. For six months in 1962 and 1963, Merle performed with Stewart's band. During this time, Haggard heard Wynn's song "Sing a Sad Song" and asked the star if he could record it. Stewart gave him the song and Merle recorded it for Tally Records in 1963. Although Tally had minimal distribution, the record became a national hit, climbing to number 19 on the country charts early in 1964.

"Sam Hill," Haggard's second single, wasn't as successful, but a duet with Bonnie Owens, the former wife of Buck Owens, called "Just Between the Two of Us," broke into the Top 40. The next year, his version of Liz Anderson's "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" broke him into the Top Ten and established him as a budding star. Capitol Records bought out his contract with Tally and Merle released "I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can," his first single for Capitol, in the fall of 1965. The single wasn't a success, scratching into the Top 50, but his next single, "Swinging Doors," was a smash hit, rocketing to number five in the spring of 1966. Late in 1965, Haggard began recruiting a backing band and named them the Strangers.

Haggard became a genuine country superstar in 1966, with three Top Ten hits, including "Swinging Doors." "The Bottle Let Me Down" climbed to number three and "The Fugitive" (later retitled "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive") became his first number one. He was voted the Top Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music Awards, while he and Bonnie were named the Top Vocal Group for the second year in a row.

Haggard's songwriting was beginning to blossom and audiences embraced his music, sending his "I Threw Away the Rose" to number three early in 1967, beginning a remarkable streak of 37 straight Top Ten hits, including 23 number one singles. "I Threw Away the Rose" was followed by four straight number one hits -- "Branded Man," "Sing Me Back Home," "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde," and "Mama Tried," which was heard in Killers Three, a movie that featured Haggard's debut as an actor. With the exception of "Bonnie and Clyde," the songs represented a change in Haggard's songwriting, as he began to directly address his troubled history. By 1970, he was talking about his time in San Quentin in the press, yet these songs represented the first time he had mentioned his past directly. Each single was a bigger hit than the previous song, which encouraged Haggard to continue writing in a more personal style.

Throughout 1968, Haggard's star continued to rise, with two number one hits ("Bonnie and Clyde," "Mama Tried") and the number three "I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am," as well as four albums. Later that year, he recorded his first conceptual album, Same Train, Different Time. Released in early 1969, the record was not only an affectionate salute to one of Haggard's heroes, it reflected a fascination with American history and a desire to expand his music by adding stronger elements of Western swing, jazz, and blues.

Merle released three singles in 1969 -- "Hungry Eyes," "Workin' Man Blues," and "Okie from Muskogee" -- and all three reached number one. In particular, "Okie from Muskogee" sparked a tremendous amount of attention. An attack on the liberal hippies who represented American pop culture in the late '60s, the song struck a chord in audiences across the country, just missing the pop Top 40. Because of the song, Haggard was asked to endorse George Wallace, but he refused. "Okie from Muskogee" cemented the singer's stardom, and he won a large amount of awards in 1969 and 1970. In both years, he was named the Top Male Vocalist by the ACM and the Strangers were voted the best band, while the new Country Music Association voted him Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist in 1970.

Haggard released a sequel to "Okie" called "The Fightin' Side of Me" at the beginning of 1970, and it also shot to number one. That year, he released A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World (Or My Salute to Bob Wills), which helped spark a revival of Western swing in the '70s. Throughout 1971 and 1972, the hits kept coming, including "Soldier's Last Letter," "Someday We'll Look Back," "Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)," "Carolyn," "Grandma Harp," "It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)," and "I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me." In 1972, the governor of California, Ronald Reagan, granted Haggard a full pardon. The following year, his hit streak continued, and he scored his biggest hit, "If We Make It Through December," which peaked at number 28 on the pop charts. As his reign on the top of the country charts continued in 1974, he played on Bob Wills' last album, For the Last Time. Wills died in 1975, leaving Merle his fiddle.

Haggard stayed with Capitol Records until 1977, and never once did his grip on the American audience slip during his tenure there. During his time on MCA afterward, he continued to have a number of hits, but his work was becoming slightly inconsistent. His first two singles for the record label, "If We're Not Back in Love by Monday" and "Ramblin' Fever," hit number two and he continued to have hits with the label throughout the end of the decade and the first part of the '80s. "I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall" and "It's Been a Great Afternoon" were number two hits in 1978. In 1979, he only had two hits, while in 1980, two selections from the Clint Eastwood movie Bronco Billy reached the Top Three, "The Way I Am" and "Misery and Gin"; Haggard also appeared in the film. The two hits paved the way for his two biggest singles with MCA, the number one duet with Eastwood "Bar Room Buddies" and the number one "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink." Early in 1981, Haggard had a Top Ten hit with "Leonard," a tribute to his old friend Tommy Collins.

Later that year, Haggard published his autobiography, Sing Me Back Home; he also left MCA and signed with Epic Records. Once at Epic, he began producing his own records, which gave the music a leaner sound. His first two singles for the label, "My Favorite Memory" and "Big City," were number one hits. The following year, he released a duet album with George Jones called A Taste of Yesterday's Wine, which featured the number one single "Yesterday's Wine" and the Top Ten "C.C. Waterback." From 1983 until the beginning of 1985, Haggard continued to score number one hits, including the number one duet with Willie Nelson "Pancho and Lefty."

Merle's chart fortunes began to change in 1985 as a new breed of singers began to dominate the chart. Nearly every one of the artists, from George Strait to Randy Travis, was greatly influenced by Haggard, but their idol's new singles now had a tough time reaching the top of the charts. He had two Top Ten hits in 1986, and 1987's Chill Factor was a success, spawning the Top Ten title track and "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star," which would prove to be his last number one hit. In 1990, he signed with Curb Records, but he continued to have trouble reaching the charts; 1994 spawned his last modest hit, "In My Next Life," which reached the Top 60.

When his contract with Curb ran out, Haggard, hoping for better promotion and greater artistic freedom, signed with Anti, a subsidiary of the Epitaph punk-pop label. His first effort for Anti was released in late 2000; titled If I Could Only Fly, the gentle acoustic album was greeted with strong reviews. Haggard released one more album for Anti, 2001's Roots, Vol. 1, before departing. After 2003's Like Never Before, Haggard returned to his old home, EMI, the following year, releasing a collection of American pop standards called Unforgettable at the end of that year. Chicago Wind appeared in the summer of 2005. Haggard then turned to bluegrass, releasing the appropriately titled The Bluegrass Sessions, which featured appearances by Marty Stuart, Aubrey Haynie, and Alison Krauss (among others) in 2007. In 2008 he got the Bear Family treatment with the release of the multi-disc box sets Hag: The Studio Recordings 1969-1976 and Hag: Concepts, Live & the Strangers: The Capitol Recordings 1968-1976. I Am What I Am, an album of new songs, appeared from Vanguard Records in 2010. A second Vanguard album, Working in Tennessee, co-produced by Haggard with Lou Bradley at Haggard's own northern California studio, appeared a year later in 2011. Four years later, Haggard teamed up with his old friend Willie Nelson for Django & Jimmie, their first collaboration in 20 years. Preceded by the single "It's All Going To Pot," the album debuted at number one on the Billboard country charts upon its June 2015 release.

Even when success eluded him, Haggard's music remained some of the most consistently interesting and inventive in country music. Not only have his recordings remained fresh, but each subsequent generation of country singers shows a great debt to his work. That fact stands as a testament to his great talent even more than his induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Troubadour

Disc 1

1. Troubadour

3. If We're Not Back In Love By Monday

4. Ramblin' Fever

12. From Graceland To The Promised Land

13. Blue Christmas

23. I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall

25. It's Been A Great Afternoon

27. There Won't Be Another Now

Disc 2

1. The Bull And The Beaver

3. Red Bandana

4. Driftwood

5. Sing A Family Song

6. Footlights

7. Got Lonely Too Early This Morning

8. Heaven Was A Drink Of Wine

9. I Can't Get Away

10. My Own Kind Of Hat

11. I Didn't Mean To Love You

12. Roses In The Winter

13. I Must Have Done Something Bad

14. The Way I Am

15. Wake Up

16. Sky-Bo

17. No One To Sing For (But The Band)

19. Life's Just Not The Way It Used To Be

20. Where Have You Been

21. Take Me Back And Try Me One More Time

22. I'll Always Be Glad To Take You Back

23. It Makes No Difference Now

24. It's Been So Long Darlin'

25. Misery And Gin

27. You Babe

Disc 3

1. My Life's Been Grand

2. Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa

3. Love Keeps Hanging On

4. It's All In The Game

5. Why Can't I Cry

6. Bleachers

7. Love Don't Hurt Every Time

8. Susie

9. Pennies From Heaven

10. Make-Up And Faded Blue Jeans

11. Ever Changing Woman

13. Leonard

14. I Don't Want To Sober Up Tonight

15. Dealing With The Devil

16. Can't Break The Habit

18. Back To The Barrooms Again

19. Our Paths May Never Cross

21. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink

22. I Don't Want To Sober Up Tonight

24. Easy Come, Easy Go

Disc 4

1. When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels

3. He Walks With Me

4. Softly And Tenderly

5. Why Me

6. Where No One Stands Alone

7. One Day At A Time

8. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

9. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

10. The Old Rugged Cross

12. The Fightin' Side Of Me

13. If We Make It Through December

14. Misery And Gin

15. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink

16. Back To The Barrooms Again

17. Our Paths May Never Cross

19. Rainbow Stew

21. Dealing With The Devil

22. Fiddle Breakdown

23. Sing Me Back Home

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Track List: Working In Tennessee

1. Working In Tennessee

2. Down On The Houseboat

3. Cocaine Blues

4. What I Hate

5. Sometimes I Dream

6. Under The Bridge

7. Too Much Boogie Woogie

8. Truck Driver's Blues

9. Laugh It Off

10. Working Man Blues

11. Jackson

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Track List: Amber Waves Of Grain/Kern River

1. Kern River

2. Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You

3. There I've Said It Again

4. You Don't Love Me Anymore

5. Natural High

6. Big Butter And Egg Man

7. Ridin' High

8. There's Somebody Else On Your Mind

9. I Wonder Where I'll Find You At Tonight

10. There Won't Be Another Now

11. The Old Watermill

12. Amber Waves Of Grain

13. Tulare Dust/Mama Tried

14. The Farmer's Daughter

15. The Okie From Muskogee's Comin' Home/Okie From Muskogee

16. Gone With The Wind

17. I Wish Things Were Simple Again

19. American Waltz

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Track List: I Am What I Am

1. I've Seen It Go Away

2. Pretty When It's New

3. Oil Tanker Train

4. Live And Love Always

5. The Road To My Heart

6. How Did You Find Me Here'

7. We're Falling In Love Again

8. Bad Actor

9. Down At The End Of The Road

10. A Stranger In The City

11. Mexican Band

12. I Am What I Am

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Track List: The Bluegrass Sessions

3. What Happened?

6. Mama's Hungry Eyes

8. Holding Things Together

9. Big City

11. Wouldn't That Be Something

12. Blues Stay Away From Me

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Track List: Hag: The Best Of Merle Haggard

1. The Bottle Let Me Down

2. Branded Man

3. Sing Me Back Home

4. The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde

5. Today I Started Loving You Again

6. Mama Tried

7. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am

9. Hungry Eyes

10. Workin' Man Blues

11. Workin' Man Blues

12. Silver Wings

13. Okie From Muskogee

14. Someday We'll Look Back

15. If We Make It Through December

16. Things Aren't Funny Anymore

17. Honky Tonk Night Time Man

18. Old Man From The Mountain

20. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink

21. Big City

24. Runaway Mama

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Track List: A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World / It's All In The Movies

2. Right Or Wrong

3. Brain Cloudy Blues

4. Stay A Little Longer

5. Misery

6. Time Changes Everything

7. San Antonio Rose

8. I Knew The Moment I Lost You

9. Roly Poly

10. Old Fashioned Love

11. Corrine Corrina

12. Take Me Back To Tulsa

13. It's All In The Movies

19. Living With The Shades Pulled Down

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Track List: I'm A Lonesome Fugitive / Branded Man

1. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

2. All Of Me Belongs To You

3. House Of Memories

4. Life In Prison

5. Whatever Happened To Me

6. Drink Up And Be Somebody

7. Someone Told My Story

8. If You Want To Be My Woman

9. Mary's Mine

10. Skid Row

11. My Rough And Rowdy Ways

12. Mixed Up Mess Of A Heart

13. Life In Prison (Alternate Take)

14. Someone Told My Story (Alternate Take)

15. Branded Man

16. Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive

17. Don't Get Married

18. Somewhere Between

19. You Don't Have Very Far To Go

20. Gone Crazy

21. I Threw Away The Rose

22. My Hands Are Tied

23. Some Of Us Never Learn

24. Long Black Limousine

25. Go Home

26. I Made The Prison Band

27. I Threw Away The Rose (Alternate Take)

28. Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Sing Me Back Home / The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde

1. Sing Me Back Home

2. Look Over Me

3. The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp

4. Wine Takes Me Away

5. If You See My Baby

6. Where Does The Good Times Go

7. I'll Leave The Bottle On The Bar

8. My Past Is Present

9. Home Is Where A Kid Grows Up

10. Mom And Dad's Waltz

11. Good Times

12. Seeing Eye Dog

13. News Break

14. The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde

15. Is This The Beginning Of The End?

16. Love Has A Mind Of Its Own

17. The Train Never Stops

18. Fool's Castle

19. Will You Visit Me On Sundays?

20. My Ramona

21. Today I Started Loving You Again

22. Money Tree

23. You've Still Got A Place In My Heart

24. Because You Can't Be Mine

25. A Picture From Two Sides Of Life

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Track List: Mama Tried + Pride In What I Am

1. Mama Tried

2. Green Green Grass Of Home

3. Little Ole Wine Drinker Me

4. In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)

5. I Could Have Gone Right

6. I'll Always Know

7. The Sunny Side Of My Life

8. Teach Me To Forget

9. Folsom Prison Blues

10. Run 'Em Off

11. You'll Never Love Me Now

12. Too Many Bridges To Cross Over

14. You're Not Home Yet

15. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am

16. Who'll Buy The Wine

17. The Day The Rains Came

18. It Meant Goodbye To Me When You Said Hello To Him

19. I Can't Hold Myself In Line

20. I'm Bringin' Home Good News

21. Keep Me From Cryin' Today

22. I Just Want To Look At You One More Time

23. Somewhere On Skid Row

24. I'm Free

26. I Think We're Livin' In The Good Old Days

27. California On My Mind

28. White Line Fever

29. Streets Of Berlin

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Track List: Strangers / Swinging Doors & The Bottle Let Me Down

1. (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers

2. Falling For You

3. Please Mr. D.J.

4. You Don't Have Far To Go

5. Sing A Sad Song

6. Sam Hill

7. I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can

8. You Don't Even Try

9. If I Had Left It Up To You

10. I'd Trade All Of My Tomorrows

11. The Worst Is Yet To Come

12. Walkin' The Floor Over You

13. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive (Alternate Take)

14. Jimmie The Kid

15. Swinging Doors

16. If I Could Be Him

17. The Longer You Wait

18. I'll Look You Over

19. I Can't Stand Me

20. The Girl Turned Ripe

21. The Bottle Let Me Down

22. No More You And Me

23. Somebody Else You've Known

24. High On A Hilltop

25. This Town's Not Big Enough

26. Shade Tree (Fix It Man)

27. Skid Row (Alternate Take)

28. When No Flowers Grow

29. I Threw Away The Rose (Alternate Take)

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Track List: The Way I Am

1. The Way I Am

2. Sky-Bo

3. No One To Sing For (But The Band)

4. I'm The One Who Loves You

5. Life's Just Not The Way It Used To Be

6. Wake Up

7. Where Have You Been

8. Take Me Back And Try Me One More Time

9. I'll Always Be Glad To Take You Back

10. It Makes No Difference Now

11. It's Been So Long Darlin'

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Track List: Chicago Wind

1. Chicago Wind

2. Where's All The Freedom

3. White Man Singin' The Blues

4. Leavin's Not The Only Way To Go

5. What I've Been Meaning To Say

6. Mexico

7. Honky Tonk Man

8. America First

9. It Always Will Be

10. I Still Can't Say Goodbye

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Track List: A Portrait Of Merle Haggard/Keep Movin' On

3. Silver Wings

6. Hungry Eyes

8. Every Fool Has a Rainbow

9. I Came So Close To Living Alone

11. Movin' On

12. Life's Like Poetry

13. I've Got A Darlin' (For A Wife)

14. These Mem'ries We're Making Tonight

16. September In Miami

17. Always Wanting You

18. Kentucky Gambler

20. I've Got a Yearning

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Track List: Going Where The Lonely Go / That's The Way Love Goes

1. Going Where The Lonely Go

2. Why Am I Drinkin'

3. If I Left It Up To You

4. I Won't Give Up My Train

5. Someday You're Gonna Need Your Friends

6. Shopping For Dresses

7. You Take Me For Granted

8. Half A Man

9. For All I Know

11. What Am I Gonna Do (With The Rest Of My Life)

12. (I'm Gonna Paint Me) A Bed Of Roses

13. Someday When Things Are Good

14. That's The Way Love Goes

15. Carryin' Fire

16. Don't Seem Like We've Been Together All Our Lives

17. If You Hated Me

18. Love Will Find You

19. The Last Boat Of The Day

20. I Think I'll Stay

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Track List: Unforgettable

1. As Time Goes By

2. Gypsy

3. Unforgettable

4. Stardust

5. I Can't Get Started

6. Still Missing You

7. Pennies From Heaven

8. Cry Me A River

10. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You

11. What Love Can Do

12. Goin' Away Party

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Track List: The Essential Merle Haggard The Epic Years

1. Big City

2. Are The Good Times Really Over (I Wish A Buck Was Still Silver)

3. Someday When Things Are Good

5. Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star

6. Let's Chase Each Other Around The Room

7. I Always Get Lucky With You

8. That's The Way Love Goes

9. Going Where The Lonely Go

11. I Had A Beautiful Time

12. My Favorite Memory

14. The Okie From Muskogee's Comin' Home

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Track List: Merle Haggard: 40 Greatest Hits

Disc 1

1. My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers

2. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

3. The Bottle Let Me Down

4. Branded Man

5. I Threw Away The Rose

6. Sing Me Back Home

7. Mama Tried

8. The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde

9. Hungry Eyes

10. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am

11. Okie From Muskogee

12. Workin' Man Blues

13. The Fightin' Side Of Me

14. Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)

15. Someday We'll Look Back

16. Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia

17. The Farmer's Daughter

18. Carolyn

19. If It's Wrong To Love You

20. It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)

Disc 2

1. Turnin' Off A Memory

2. Everybody's Had The Blues

3. If We Make It Through December

4. The Emptiest Arms In The World

5. Holding Things Together

6. Kentucky Gambler

7. The Old Man From The Mountain

8. Things Aren't Funny Anymore

9. It Makes No Difference Now

10. Always Wanting You

11. It's All In The Movies

12. Cherokee Maiden

13. Shackles & Chains

14. The Roots Of My Raising

15. From Graceland To The Promiseland

16. I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall

17. It's Been A Great Afternoon

18. Misery And Gin

19. The Way I Am

20. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink

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Track List: 40 #1 Hits

Disc 1

1. Branded Man

2. The Fugitive

3. Mama Tried

4. Sing Me Back Home

5. The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde

6. Hungry Eyes

7. Okie From Muskogee

8. Workin' Man Blues

9. The Fightin' Side Of Me

10. Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)

11. Carolyn

13. It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)

14. Everybody's Had The Blues

16. If We Make It Through December

17. Old Man From The Mountain

18. Things Aren't Funny Anymore

19. Always Wanting You

20. It's All In The Movies

Disc 2

1. Kentucky Gambler

2. Movin' On

3. Cherokee Maiden

4. The Roots of My Raising

5. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink

6. I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall

7. If We're Not Back In Love By Monday

9. My Favorite Memory

10. Big City

12. Going Where The Lonely Go

13. Pancho And Lefty

14. You Take Me For Granted

15. Let's Chase Each Other Around The Room

16. Someday When Things Are Good

17. That's The Way Love Goes

18. A Place To Fall Apart

19. Natural High

20. Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star

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Track List: Hag / Let Me Tell You About A Song

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Track List: The Peer Sessions

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Track List: Roots, Vol. 1

1. Always Late (With Your Kisses)

2. More Than My Old Guitar

3. If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time)

4. Look What Thoughts Will Do

5. My Baby's Just Like Money

6. Honky Tonkin'

7. Runaway Mama

8. I'll Sign My Heart Away

9. I've Got A Tender Heart

10. The Wild Side Of Life

11. Take These Chains From My Heart

12. I Want To Be With You Always

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Track List: If I Could Only Fly

1. Wishing All These Old Things Were New

2. Honky Tonky Mama

3. Turn To Me

4. If I Could Only Fly

5. Crazy Moon

6. Bareback

7. (Think About a) Lullaby

8. I'm Still Your Daddy

9. Proud To Be Your Old Man

10. Leavin's Getting Harder

11. Thanks To Uncle John

12. Listening

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Track List: Branded Man

1. Branded Man

2. Hungry Eyes

3. Workin' Man Blues

4. I Threw Away The Rose

5. Carolyn

6. Things Aren't Funny Anymore

7. I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall

8. The Bottle Let Me Down

9. The Emptiest Arms In The World

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Track List: Best Of The '90s, Volume 2

1. Way Back In The Mountains

2. Troubadour

3. In My Next Life

4. Bye, Bye, Travelin' Blues

5. Swingin' Doors (Feat. Tony Toliver)

6. Lucky Old Colorado

7. Never No Mo' Blues

8. A Bar In Bakersfield

9. My Home Is In The Street

10. Too Many Highways

11. If Anyone Ought To Know

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Track List: For The Record - 43 Legendary Hits

Disc 1

1. Mama Tried

2. Sing A Sad Song

3. Swinging Doors

4. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

5. Branded Man

6. Sing Me Back Home

7. The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde

8. Hungry Eyes

9. Workin' Man Blues

11. Okie From Muskogee

12. The Fightin' Side Of Me

13. Daddy Frank

14. Carolyn

15. It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)

16. Everybody's Had The Blues

17. If We Make It Through December

18. Old Man From The Mountain

19. Things Aren't Funny Anymore

21. Always Wanting You

22. It's All In The Movies

Disc 2

2. Cherokee Maiden

4. I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall

5. It's Been A Great Afternoon

6. Footlights

7. The Way I Am

8. Misery And Gin

9. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink

10. Rainbow Stew

11. My Favorite Memory

12. Big City

14. Are The Good Times Really Over

15. Going Where The Lonely Go

16. Let's Chase Each Other Around The Room

17. A Place To Fall Apart

19. Natural High

20. Kern River

21. Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star

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Track List: Down Every Road (1962-1994)

Disc 1

1. Skid Row

2. Sing A Sad Song

3. You Don't Even Try

4. Sam Hill

5. (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers

6. Just Between The Two Of Us

7. If I Had Left It Up To You

8. I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can

9. Swinging Doors

10. The Bottle Let Me Down

11. High On A Hilltop

12. I'll Look Over You

13. The Fugitive

14. House Of Memories

15. All Of Me Belongs To You

16. Mary's Mine

17. Someone Told My Story

18. Go Home

19. Whatever Happened To Me

20. Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive

21. I Threw The Rose Away

22. Branded Man

23. You Don't Have Very Far To Go

24. Somewhere Between

25. Sing Me Back Home

26. The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp

27. Seeing Eye Dog

Disc 2

1. The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde

2. I Started Loving You Again

3. Is This The Beginning Of The End?

4. I'll Always Know

5. Mama Tried

6. In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)

7. Teach Me To Forget

8. I'm Looking For My Mind

9. The Day The Rains Came

10. California Blues (Blue Yodel #4)

11. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am

12. I'm Bringin' Home Good News

13. I Can't Hold Myself In Line

14. It Meant Goodbye To Me When You Said Hello To Him

15. Hungry Eyes

16. Silver Wings

17. Waitin' For A Train

18. Jimmie Rodgers' Last Blue Yodel (The Women Make A Fool Out Of Me)

19. California Cottonfields

20. White Line Fever

21. Workin' Man Blues

22. Okie From Muskogee

23. I Can't Stop Loving You (Live)

24. Huntsville

25. Irma Jackson

26. The Fightin' Side Of Me

27. I'll Be A Hero (When I Strike)

Disc 3

1. Right Or Wrong

2. Trouble In Mind

3. Stay A Little Longer

4. The Farmer's Daughter

5. Tulare Dust

6. Carolyn

7. Someday We'll Look Back

8. Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)

9. Grandma Harp

10. It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)

11. I Wonder If They Ever Think Of Me

12. If We Make It Through December

13. The Emptiest Arms In The World

14. Everybody's Had The Blues

15. Things Aren't Funny Anymore

16. Honky Tonk Night Time Man

17. Holding Things Together

18. Here In Frisco

19. Kentucky Gambler

20. Always Wanting You

21. Living With The Shades Pulled Down

22. Running Kind

23. It's All In The Movies

24. The Way It Was In '51

25. I Never Go Around Mirrors

26. What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana

Disc 4

1. If We're Not Back In Love By Monday

2. Ramblin' Fever

3. It's Been A Great Afternoon

4. Red Bandana

5. Footlights

6. My Own Kind Of Hat

7. Misery And Gin

8. Leonard

9. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink

10. Rainbow Stew

11. Big City

12. Are The Good Times Really Over (I Wish A Buck Was Still Silver)

13. You Take Me For Granted

14. Pancho And Lefty

15. That's The Way Love Goes

16. Someday When Things Are Good

17. Let's Chase Each Other Around The Room

18. Kern River

19. Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star

20. In My Next Life

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Track List: Untamed Hawk: The Early Recordings Of Merle Haggard

Disc 1

1. Sing A Sad Song

2. You Don't Even Try

5. You Don't Have Far To Go

8. Please Mr. D.J.

9. I'd Trade All Of My Tomorrows

10. (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers

12. Just Between The Two Of Us

14. Falling For You

17. Walking The Floor Over You

18. The Worst Is Yet To Come

21. Skid Row

22. Falling For You (Without String Overdub)

24. If I Had Left It Up To You

25. I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can

Disc 2

5. Forever And Ever

6. Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus

7. Swinging Doors

9. The Girl Turned Ripe

10. I Threw Away The Rose

11. The Fugitive

12. Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive

13. Someone Told My Story

14. I Threw Away The Rose

16. The Longer You Wait

17. The Bottle Let Me Down

20. High On A Hilltop

21. I'll Look Over You

24. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

26. House Of Memories

Disc 3

1. Mary's Mine

2. If You Want To Be My Woman

6. Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive

7. Skid Row

8. Drink Up And Be Somebody

9. Gone Crazy

10. I Threw Away The Rose

11. Some Of Us Never Learn

12. Branded Man

13. You Don't Have Very Far To Go

16. Somewhere Between

17. Don't Get Married

18. My Hands Are Tied

19. I Made The Prison Band

20. Look Over Me

21. Long Black Limousine

23. Sing Me Back Home

Disc 4

3. News Break

6. My Ramona

7. Because You Can't Be Mine

10. Money Tree

12. The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde

17. The Sunny Side Of My Life

18. Run 'em Off

19. I'll Always Know

20. You'll Never Love Me Now

21. Mama Tried

22. In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)

23. Little Ole Wine Drinker Me

24. Teach Me To Forget

Disc 5

1. Green Green Grass Of Home

2. I Could Have Gone Right

3. The Day The Rains Came

4. I Think We're Livin' In The Good Old Days

5. Somewhere On Skid Row

7. Folsom Prison Blues

8. Too Many Bridges To Cross Over

9. You're Not Home Yet

10. I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am

11. I Just Want To Look At You One More Time

12. I'm Bringin' Home Good News

13. Keep Me From Cryin' Today

14. I Can't Hold Myself In Line

15. I'm Free

16. It Meant Goodbye To Me When You Said Hello To Him

17. Who'll Buy The Wine

21. Every Fool Has A Rainbow

22. Hungry Eyes

23. Silver Wings

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Track List: Okie From Muskogee

1. Okie From Muskogee

2. Sing Me Back Home

3. Drink Up and Be Somebody

4. The Sidewalks of Chicago

5. Mama Tried

6. Today I Started Loving You Again

7. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

8. Sing A Sad Song

10. Green Green Grass of Home

12. San Antonio Rose

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Track List: Chill Factor

1. Chill Factor

2. Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star

3. Man From Another Time

4. We Never Touch At All

5. You Babe

6. Thanking The Good Lord

7. After Dark

8. 1929

9. Thirty Again

10. I Don't Have Any Love Around

11. More Than This Old Heart Can Take

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Track List: It's All In The Game

1. Let's Chase Each Other Around The Room

2. A Place To Fall Apart

3. It's All In The Game

4. Little Hotel Room

5. I Never Go Home Anymore

6. All I Want To Do Is Sing My Song

7. Natural High

8. Thank Heaven For Little Girls

9. To All The Girls I've Loved Before

10. You Nearly Lose Your Mind

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Track List: That's The Way Love Goes

1. What Am I Gonna Do

2. A Bed Of Roses

3. Someday When Things Are Good

4. That's The Way Love Goes

5. Carryin Fire

6. Don't Seem Like We've Been Together All Our Lives

7. If You Hated Me

8. Love Will Find You

9. The Last Boat Of The Day

10. I Think I'll Stay

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Track List: Rainbow Stew Live

1. Misery And Gin (Live)

2. Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink (Live)

3. Back To The Barrooms Again (Live)

4. Our Paths May Never Cross (Live)

5. Medley: The Running Kind - I'm A Lonesome Fugitive (Live)

6. Rainbow Stew (Live)

7. Blue Yodel # 9 (Live)

8. Dealing With The Devil (Live)

9. Fiddle Breakdown (Live)

10. Sing Me Back Home (Live)

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Track List: Big City

1. Big City

2. My Favorite Memory

3. Good Old American Guest

4. I Think I'm Gonna Live Forever

5. This Song Is Mine

6. Stop The World And Let Me Off

7. Are The Good Times Really Over

8. Texas Fiddle Song

9. You Don't Have Very Far To Go

10. I Always Get Lucky With You

12. I Won't Give Up My Train

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Track List: Back To The Barrooms

1. Misery And Gin

2. Back To The Barrooms Again

3. Make-Up And Faded Blue Jeans

4. Ever-Changing Woman

5. Easy Come, Easy Go

6. I Don't Want To Sober Up Tonight

7. Can't Break The Habit

8. Our Paths May Never Cross

9. I Don't Have Any More Love Songs

10. Leonard

11. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink

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Track List: Serving 190 Proof

1. Footlights

2. Got Lonely Too Early This Morning

3. Heaven Was A Drink Of Wine

4. Driftwood

5. I Can't Get Away

6. Red Bandana

7. My Own Kind Of Hat

8. I Must Have Done Something Bad

9. I Didn't Mean To Love You

10. Sing A Family Song

11. Roses In The Winter

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Track List: The Best Of The Best Of Merle Haggard

1. Okie From Muskogee

2. Hungry Eyes

3. Workin' Man Blues

4. The Farmer's Daughter

5. Daddy Frank

6. Today I Started Loving You Again

7. Mama Tried "The Ballad From Killers Three"

8. Silver Wings

9. No Reason To Quit

10. Every Fool Has His Rainbow

11. The Fightin' Side Of Me

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Track List: Live At Billy Bob's Texas - Motorcycle Cowboy

1. Misery & Gin (Live)

2. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink (Live)

3. Workin' Man Blues (Live)

4. Silver Wings (Live)

5. Swinging Doors (Live)

6. That's The Way Love Goes (Live)

7. The Bottle Let Me Down (Live)

8. Ramblin' Fever (Live)

9. The Emptiest Arms In The World (Live)

10. Mama Tried (Live)

11. Hungry Eyes (Live)

12. Motorcycle Cowby / Blue Yodel #13 (Live)

13. If We Make It Through December (Live)

14. Are The Good Times Really Over (Live)

15. Okie From Muskogee (Live)

16. Big City (Live)

17. Ida Red (Live)

18. Today I Started Loving You Again (Live)

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Track List: Live At Billy Bob's Texas - Ol' Country Singer

1. Runnin' Kind / Lonesome Fugitive (Live