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The only thing that I miss lately in all music is somebody that will put out a melody that you can whistle. It doesn't seem like there's anything happening like that.

The only thing that I miss lately in all music is somebody that will put out a melody that you can whistle. It doesn't seem like there's anything happening like that.

In 1960, when I came out of prison as an ex-convict, I had more freedom under parolee supervision than there's available... in America right now.

In 1960, when I came out of prison as an ex-convict, I had more freedom under parolee supervision than there's available... in America right now.

Sometimes if you get 'em too drunk they don't pay no attention to what you're doin' anyways, so you might as well just do old songs. But if you get one that's paying attention, sometimes we'll do some new material. ---->>>

And there's some Latino music I like, and some reggae music. ---->>>

It's been said that Bill Gates has come up with something that'll be released in December that's gonna put a lid on counterfeiting. If that's a fact then it's really interesting to own your own product - with all the potential methods of downloading. ---->>>

'Cause I was already a smoker, it was easy to get addicted. The one thing that they don't teach you about marijuana is how addictive it is. ---->>>

I'm just writin' about my little ol' love affair. ---->>>

It's easier to force feed people than it is to give 'em what they want. It makes more money.

It's easier to force feed people than it is to give 'em what they want. It makes more money.

Everybody likes Johnny Cash. I think the sad part of it is his health is givin' him problems.

Everybody likes Johnny Cash. I think the sad part of it is his health is givin' him problems.

It makes my wife mad, you know, she wants me to stay home all the time. But its what I've done all my life and I think when I quit doing it I'll probably go away pretty quick. ---->>>

There's a rumor that there may be an attempt at organizing a possible script for a series on my life, which, when you look at my police record, you'd have to have more than one hour to tell the story. ---->>>

I enjoy the videos with the sound off, where you can look at the belly buttons and everything. Really some pretty girls, but I don't know about the music. ---->>>

When I grew up there wasn't air-conditioning or anything of that nature, and this old car had a wall thickness of about ten inches. So we had a little warmer house in the winter and a little cooler in the summer.

When I grew up there wasn't air-conditioning or anything of that nature, and this old car had a wall thickness of about ten inches. So we had a little warmer house in the winter and a little cooler in the summer.

I've got one young family by the first wife, with four children. ---->>>

No, I had a back injury early on in my life. ---->>>

HAG Records, is a company that I've owned. I've had a couple of gospel releases on it. We developed a pretty good distribution setup there and we do have something to use in case they don't want to sign us. ---->>>

It sounds like something from a Woody Guthrie song, but it's true; I was raised in a freight car. ---->>>

And then I have two children by Theresa, one boy 10 and one girl 13. ---->>>

At my age, I don't buy but a half a loaf of bread, you know? ---->>>

I've got two families. ---->>>

95% of the album is my writing, by choice, because it seems to be what the distributors want. ---->>>

I had some surgery on my feet, which has helped my back some. ---->>>

My 10 year old son likes it. He's trying to play guitar and everything. He likes that kind of music. ---->>>

They shaved a little piece of bone off my small toe. You see, you balance yourself a certain way and this toe had grown under the other ones. So he cut it loose, where I could balance myself and it makes me walk straight. ---->>>

My second wife Bonnie Owens and I worked together after we divorced for a period of maybe 20 years. And I managed to stay friends with another wife. And then there's one that I don't mess with. Everybody's got one of those. ---->>>

And then, of course, there's a couple that claim to be, but I haven't done any DNA tests or anything. ---->>>

Diana Krall knocks me out. I like jazz and I like her simple approach. ---->>>

I haven't had any problems with my back since I got the foot surgery. ---->>>

Well, I'm kinda like George Carlin. I think that there ought to be a time where everybody should have all the drugs they want and there'd be nobody in charge, sort of like... now! ---->>>

I think I'm most proud of my family right now. I'm more into that then I've ever been. It also gives a new area to draw from in creativity with my songs. ---->>>

When you get to readin' about where the music and John Steinbeck and all those people like that come from, the further you go the more interesting it becomes. ---->>>

I was 48-years old before anybody talked me into it for medicinal purposes, instead of some of these drugs that they give you that will lead you to heart surgery and things of that nature. ---->>>

There's been periods of broadcasts in the past where you could see all ages of entertainers, ranging from George Burns to Shirley Temple. That's not the condition now. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 04-06, 1937
Birthplace:
Die: 2016-04-06
Occupation: Musician

Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era (wikipedia)