We have just learned that country music icon Merle Haggard has died at the age of 79 in California.
From Breaking 911:
Country Music Legend Merle Haggard has passed away on his birthday, according to multiple reports.
He was 79 years-old and died in California.
Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the unique twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era.
By the 1970s, Haggard was aligned with the growing outlaw country movement, and has continued to release successful albums through the 1990s and into the 2000s.
Here’s a video report on his death:
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