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Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country and Western songwriter, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist.
Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the unique 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. Read more on Last.fm
Remembering @merlehaggard on his birthday. We say a prayer and send our love and thoughts out to Merle today. ❤️😢. Truly a one of a kind who left such a mark on this world. His music and legend only grows.
Our thoughts are with his loved ones today