BREAKING: Country Music LEGEND Merle Haggard’s Family Just Got DEVASTATING News- They Need Our Prayers

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Dean James AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS

Country music legend Merle Haggard, who was known for hits like “Okie From Muskogee” and “Mama Tried,” has passed away on his 79th birthday.

Haggard was honored as BMI Icon in 1996, and recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2010. He won a slew of ACM, CMA and Grammy awards, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977. Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994, Taste of Country reports.

Haggard was born Merle Ronald Haggard in 1937 just outside of Bakersfield, Calif., a town that he would help make famous with his revolutionary sound. His family struggled financially throughout his childhood, living in an old converted boxcar after their home burned down.

After Haggard’s father died when he was 9, he turned rebellious, hopping a freight train to Fresno and getting picked up by the authorities when he was just 10, according to his official biography. He was in and out of reform schools and deemed “incorrigible,” and ended up in and out of jail as a young adult, culminating in a stretch in prison when he was 20 years old.

 

Haggard began to take music seriously while in prison at San Quentin, where he was on hand for the Johnny Cash performance that was captured for the iconic live album At San Quentin.

R.I.P. Merle Haggard. You Are A Legend And Will Never Be Forgotten!

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He began to make a name for himself in the club scene around Bakersfield after his release, developing a hard-charging approach to country music that prominently featured twangy electric guitars.

A masterful guitarist, fiddler and songwriter as well as singer, the Country Music Hall of Famer recorded for more than 40 years, releasing dozens of albums and No. 1 hits., Fox reports.

Haggard — along with fellow California country star Buck Owens — was a founder of the twangy Bakersfield Sound, a direct contrast to the smooth, string-laden country records popular in Nashville, Tenn., in the 1960s.

Haggard had lung surgery after a cancer diagnosis in 2008, and he said an early, but incorrect, diagnosis had him thinking he had only a short time to live.

The star said of the misdiagnosis, “It was sort of a disappointment. I was ready to go.”

And so we say goodbye to another legend.

Rest in peace brother.

God Bless.

Dean James III% AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS

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