Losing Legends: A Look Back At Lives Lost in 2016

4. Merle Haggard


Merle Haggard was one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time.  Emerging on the country scene in the 1960s, he added influences of jazz and the blues, creating a distinctive sound of his own. Life started off a bit rough for Haggard, growing up in a converted boxcar and being sent to juvenile detention centers by his conservative mother.  His unorthodox childhood led to a string of crimes and arrests, eventually landing Haggard in San Quentin.  In prison, was allowed to play in a country band and upon release he turned his life around, focusing on his music.  He continued to make music until he peacefully passed on his 79th birthday.

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