RIP Merle Haggard


Today is a big day, the birthday of somebody very important to me, and we shall be chatting/skyping later, assuming PLN, Indonesia’s power company, doesn’t do a black-out on us.

But on opening the Washington Times this morning, I was saddened to see that my all-time fave country singer, Merle Haggard, died yesterday, on his 79th birthday…

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… gone to chorus in God’s Grand Old Opry with other lost legends like Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, no doubt under the benign tutelage of Hank Williams.

I first heard Okie from Muskogee, his greatest hit, in the summer of 1969, in the bar of the Empire Hotel, in Stratford, Ontario.

The Empire, built and owned a hundred years or so ago by one of my great uncles, is also gone, and no doubt the big guy in the hard hat who was singing it then is long gone too.

But I liked the lyrics so much that I went to a record shop and bought the album. So many great songs, and he sang them with the same gusto he brought to his patriotism.

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A great singer, a great American and a great guy.

Here’s a link  so you can sing along with me later. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGU2GkomuqQ

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Bye, Merle.