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About Merle Haggard

As a performer and a songwriter, Merle Haggard was the most important country artist to emerge in the 1960s, when he became one of the leading figures of the Bakersfield country scene. His music was a melting pot that drew from all forms of traditional American music -- country, jazz, blues, and folk -- and 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. Throughout his career, he was a champion of the working man. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

HOMETOWN
Oildale, CA
GENRE
Country
BORN
Apr 6, 1937

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