It has just come across the wires that the good Lord has called Merle Haggard home on this, Merle's 79th birthday.
Haggard was part of the Bakersfield music scene along with Buck Owens during the 50's & 60's. His 1968 hit, "Mama Tried", was drawn from his own real-life stint in prison, much like fellow country legend Johnny Cash, whose 1958 concert at San Quentin Prison inspired Haggard to turn to country music himself. Today, Merle joins Johnny, Buck, and other country legends in Heaven.
In his memory, we present another 1968 hit, "The Fightin' Side of Me", culled from The Porter Wagoner Show:
Rest in peace, Merle.