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Keyword: merlehaggard

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  • For Merle Haggard, a Boxcar Was Home. Now It Needs Work.

    03/10/2014 3:22:28 PM PDT · by dennisw · 30 replies
    nytimes ^ | FEB. 26, 2014 | By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN
    OILDALE, Calif. — The tanker trains loaded with crude oil still rattle down the tracks at the end of the alleyway where Merle Haggard, a living legend of country music, grew up in a boxcar that his father transformed into the family home. “The walls were thick: cool in the summer and warm in winter,” Lillian Haggard Rea, the musician’s 93-year-old sister, recalled of the boxcar that their father, James Haggard, a carpenter with the Santa Fe railroad, converted by hand during the Depression. It was, she said, “just a wonderful home to live in.” Like much of the music...
  • What's your favorite Country and Western song?

    09/06/2010 11:56:07 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 298 replies
  • Merle Haggard on America: ‘We Peaked Somewhere Around 1975′ (PBS Special Airs Tonight)

    07/21/2010 10:29:23 AM PDT · by mojito · 32 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | 7/21/2010 | Speakeasy
    A few years ago, Merle Haggard was diagnosed with lung cancer and nearly became the latest country music legend to be felled by the unforgiving combination of hard living and age. Haggard beat the disease, returned to touring and now, at 73, he’s the subject of a PBS “American Masters” special airing tonight. The documentary, “Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with Myself,” portrays a man trying to come to terms with a life that took him from a train-hopping delinquent to an ex-con to a country music superstar, thanks to hits like “Mama Tried” and “Okie from Muskogee.” Haggard has...
  • Are the Good Times Really Over? (A Birthday Tribute to Merle Haggard)

    04/06/2010 8:00:13 PM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies · 695+ views
    Power Line ^ | April 6, 2010 | Scott Johnson
    Like Elvis Presley and Ray Charles, Merle Haggard is a singer in whose voice one can hear all the strands of American popular music.
  • I'm Proud to Be an Okie from Muskogee

    02/06/2009 9:58:05 PM PST · by jenk · 20 replies · 1,093+ views
    my head | now | me
    I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee, A place where even squares can have a ball We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse, And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all We don't make a party out of lovin'; We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo; We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy, Like the hippies out in San Francisco do. And I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee, A place where even squares can have a ball. We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse, And white lightnin's still the biggest...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Merle Haggard recovering after lung surgery at Memorial Hospital

    11/08/2008 12:44:38 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 398+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | Tuesday, Nov 4 2008 | SHELLIE BRANCO
    At the insistence of his family and personal physician, Merle Haggard had a cancerous growth removed from his lung Monday at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. Friends and associates of the country music icon said the surgery was a success and he is in stable condition. The 71-year-old country star and Oildale native had a malignant tumor, apparently the same growth that was discovered in May, according to sources who wished to remain anonymous. Haggard told The Californian while on tour in August that he didn’t plan to treat the growth, which was discovered May 5. He said he doesn’t trust hospitals...
  • Country artists support candidates in both parties

    10/28/2007 1:35:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 192+ views
    The Tennessean | OCTOBER 28, 2007 | JENNIFER BROOKS
    Cannot be posted due to copyright issues.
  • Merle Haggard's Fightin' Side

    10/12/2007 8:43:55 AM PDT · by Hi Heels · 15 replies · 1,175+ views
    Time ^ | 10/10/2007 | Joe Klein
    At least one white male voter is planning to return to the Democrats' fold in 2008.
  • Officials Detail Contents Of Hsu's Seized Mementos

    10/11/2007 11:51:52 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 26 replies · 881+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12 October 2007 | IANTHE JEANNE DUGAN
    Among the items in Norman Hsu's personal collection of Clinton memorabilia: CDs of presentations made by Hillary Clinton as well as an envelope of thank-you notes from the Democratic presidential front-runner... One envelope was devoted to letters from New York Sen. Clinton, thanking Mr. Hsu, who was one of her biggest fund-raisers. The Clinton campaign has said it would return to donors the money Mr. Hsu helped raise. Mr. Hsu had several CDs and a video of Mrs. Clinton giving presentations in New York. Another CD was entitled "Merle Haggard Hillary." Mr. Haggard wrote a song for Sen. Clinton earlier...
  • Haggard Harvests Bluegrass Album, Clinton Ode (Merle jumps the shark, again)

    03/02/2007 11:27:29 AM PST · by Rocko · 17 replies · 808+ views
    Billboard.com ^ | March 01, 2007 | Gary Graff
    Merle Haggard can make a case for himself as the hardest working man in country music these days. The veteran "Okie From Muskogee" (actually Bakersfield, Calif.) will be spending the year promoting a number of new album projects. In October he joined forces with George Jones on "Kickin' Out the Footlights ... Again." On March 20, he'll be part of "Last of the Breed," a collaboration with Willie Nelson and Ray Price. Before the year's out, Haggard also plans to put out his first-ever bluegrass album, "Runaway Mama," and a compilation for Cracker Barrel that features six of his classic...
  • Dixie Chicks Return to No. 1 on Charts [Disgusting feminist herd.]

    06/01/2006 3:48:24 PM PDT · by familyop · 65 replies · 2,555+ views
    Associated Press by way of Forbes ^ | 31MAY06 | JOHN GEROME
    The Dixie Chicks appear to be more popular than the president these days. President Bush's approval rating has plummeted, but the Chicks are on top of the pop and country charts with their first album since publicly criticizing Bush three years ago. They did it without the support of country radio, which largely ignored the Dixie Chicks after lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience in 2003 that the group was ashamed Bush was from their home state of Texas. The new album, "Taking the Long Way," took the No. 1 spot Wednesday on the country albums chart and...
  • Fightin' side of me - (Russ Vaughn poem, with link to Merle Haggard's classic of same title!)

    07/04/2005 4:37:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 204+ views
    AMERICAN THINKER.COM ^ | JULY 2, 2005 | RUSS VAUGHN
    Fightin' side of me (a poem) It’s now clear there can be no ambivalence About the Liberals’ moral equivalence; Where they now have lost all perspective, Or any desire to be truly objective. Their comparisons began to be troubling When “Fats” Moore got their fuzzy heads bubbling, With his “terrorists as Minutemen” inanity, That unleashed all this Liberal insanity. Amnesty twits poured “Moore” fuel on the fire; Their calling Gitmo a gulag was sure to inspire The loons on the Left to more treasonous tropes, And “Moore” metaphors from fifth columnist dopes, With Bush-hating congressmen carping, complaining About conditions no...
  • The Original Angry American Song

    11/09/2004 3:28:01 AM PST · by gentlestrength · 17 replies · 1,140+ views
    CMT, Toby Keith Concert aired 11/09/04
    Democrats seem the "squirrely" ones sung about in a concert by Toby Keith on Country Music Television tonight. Merle Haggard called in the show, requesting his old song, "The Fightin' Side of Me." It was the original 'Angry American' song. The lyrics seem to fit, some of our own countrymen:
  • Play That Record Again: Merle Haggard's ''The Fightin' Side of Me''

    05/25/2004 8:33:24 AM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 11 replies · 209+ views
    Chron Watch ^ | 25 May 2004 | Judson Cox
    In 1969, Merle Haggard wrote one of the most memorable songs of his brilliant career, ''Okie From Muskogee.'' It was a time of chaos in America. Our brave young men were fighting and dying in the battle against communist expansion, while communists in America were waging war on the home front. Groups like the Weather Underground, SDS, Yippies, SLA, Black Panthers, Vietnam Veterans Against the War and the Young Lords were bombing government buildings, killing police officers, robbing banks, and taking hostages in their efforts to wage a revolution. They spat on our soldiers, and they demonized America. Haggard played...
  • Merle Haggard not happy with President Bush

    04/04/2004 5:57:56 AM PDT · by bushfamfan · 45 replies · 297+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 4/3/04 | Assiciated Press
    Country singer Merle Haggard says he's red, white and blue as they come, but has been disappointed by how President Bush responded to the panel probing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
  • I think this applies as much (or more) now

    01/25/2004 3:42:10 PM PST · by ArmedGeek · 8 replies · 155+ views
    Fightin Side of Me by Merle Haggard I hear people talkin' bad, About the way we have to live here in this country, Harpin' on the wars we fight, An' gripin' 'bout the way things oughta be. An' I don't mind 'em switchin' sides, An' standin' up for things they believe in. When they're runnin' down my country, man, They're walkin' on the fightin' side of me. Yeah, walkin' on the fightin' side of me. Runnin' down the way of life, Our fightin' men have fought and died to keep. If you don't love it, leave it: Let this song...
  • Merle Haggard's "brilliant" Editorial (my Title)

    07/27/2003 9:17:29 AM PDT · by faithincowboys · 22 replies · 226+ views
    Hag's Editorial My closest buddy in 1951, had just got out of the Marine Corps, because they found out he was to young to be a Marine. Besides that, he received an undesirable discharge for whippin' his sergeant. He wanted to reenlist because he was now 18. He straightened up his past don't you see. I was 14 and we thought it might be better to change our names. We enlisted under the names of Bobby Eugene and Roy Leslie Davis. Point being we wanted more than anything to be Marines during the Korean conflict. My older brother James L...
  • New Merle Haggard critical of Iraq policy

    07/25/2003 11:03:39 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 28 replies · 393+ views
    CNN ^ | July 25, 2003 | AP
    <p>NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- A new Merle Haggard song that's critical of the media's coverage of the war in Iraq is garnering so much attention that it's being rushed to thousands of radio stations around the country, a spokesman for the country singer said Thursday.</p>
  • Merle Haggard: Skewers Bush; pines for Clinton

    03/05/2002 5:53:47 AM PST · by BigTime · 112 replies · 418+ views
    Variety ^ | 3/5/02 | By John Carmen
    HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Twenty-five years ago, a bill like this one would have been inconceivable. Merle Haggard, the one-time king of country, supported by an all-black gospel vocal group and a Dylan/Woody protege from Brooklyn -- ha! But in 2002, legendary and American-rootsy is a wide spectrum, and these three acts are compatible in that all uphold venerable traditions -- that, and most of their kudos come from somewhere besides the radio, which doesn't play them very much if at all. In the case of the headliner, country radio's almost total blackout on the man who had more hits in ...
  • The Anti-Anti-American [GQ's Literary Editor defends America in the NYT Sunday Magazine] (Seriously)

    02/25/2003 9:09:14 AM PST · by summer · 48 replies · 318+ views
    The NYT Sunday Magazine ^ | Feb. 23, 2002 | Walter Kirn
    The Anti-Anti-American By WALTER KIRN In the fall of 1983 I enrolled at Oxford University on a prestigious two-year fellowship meant to promote international understanding. Naturally, I expected a warm welcome. With my newly minted diploma in English literature, my German, French and Spanish pocket dictionaries and my made-in-Scotland tweed jacket with leather elbow patches, I considered myself an apprentice global citizen. Yes, I'd grown up in small-town Midwestern America, where I'd gobbled Big Macs, driven pickups and handled firearms, but I'd overcome those limitations. I'd studied Hegel. I'd signed petitions for Greenpeace. I knew what Dadaism was. But none...
  • Haggard Questions Medical Procedure

    11/06/2002 11:08:03 AM PST · by GeneD · 195+ views
    Filed at 1:33 p.m. ET LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Country music legend Merle Haggard believes he may have been one of the patients who received unnecessary procedures at a Redding hospital, which FBI agents raided last week. Federal authorities are investigating whether Dr. Chae Moon, director of cardiology at Redding Medical Center, and Dr. Fidel Realyvasquez Jr., chairman of the center's cardiac surgery program, ordered costly surgeries for healthy patients and then billed Medicare. Neither physician has been charged. Haggard, 65, returned home to Redding after being on tour and found the town in an uproar over the allegations. The...