Merle Haggard

Born during the Great Depression, Merle Haggard’s family followed the migration toward the West Coast and settled in Bakersfield, California. In and out of trouble with the law throughout most of his early years, Haggard was the epitome of the country outlaw sound he helped create. After ending up spending three years in prison in San Quentin, where he played in the prison band, Haggard turned his attention to music. California’s governor, Ronald Reagan, issued Haggard a full pardon in 1972.


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    • Hi Cindy–thanks for leaving a comment on the blog! I first heard a song by Merle when I was 12 at a friend’s house–her mother loved his music and she’d play his records all day when I was playing with her daughter 🙂 Hope your week is going well!

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