Country Pop Bites: Merle Haggard – May 9
Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1968 Merle Haggard recorded "Mama Tried" ?
It's true! It was at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, with Glen Campbell joining the band on the session.
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Here are 5 interesting facts about Merle Haggard.
- His father, Jim, was an amateur musician who had died when Merle was just nine years old.
- Johnny Cash and Jimmie Rodgers were both major musical influences to him.
- His prison songs come from experience. He was put behind bars for a botched robbery in 1957. After he became famous, he was pardoned by California Governor Ronald Reagan in 1972.
- One of the most prolific figures in country music, he has appeared on over 150 albums and received songwriting credit on over 250 songs.
- He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994, joining fellow Bakersfield patriarch Bob Wills.