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UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 6, 2014.
By United Press International
Haggard, Underwood booked for 'Salute to the Troops' concert

Haggard, Underwood booked for 'Salute to the Troops' concert

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Merle Haggard, George Strait and Carrie Underwood have been booked for the Las Vegas show "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops," CBS said.

Loretta Lynn belts 'em out despite cracked rib

NASHVILLE, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Loretta Lynn says it was her own trusty guitar that left her with a broken rib just before her big Labor Day show at her Tennessee estate.

George Jones, iconic country singer, dies at 81

NASHVILLE, April 26 (UPI) -- George Jones, the iconic country music singer known by generations for his distinctive voice and phrasing, died Friday in Nashville at 81, his publicist said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 6, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, April 6, 2012.
By United Press International
Merle Haggard home following surgery

Merle Haggard home following surgery

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Country music icon Merle Haggard has returned home following lung cancer surgery last week at a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., a publicist said Sunday.
Jewel to judge, mentor on 'Nashville Star'

Jewel to judge, mentor on 'Nashville Star'

BURBANK, Calif., April 11 (UPI) -- U.S. recording artist Jewel has signed on to help find the next country music sensation on the television singing competition show "Nashville Star."

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 6, 2008.
By United Press International

Haggard releases first bluegrass album

NASHVILLE, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. country music icon Merle Haggard has released the first bluegrass album of his more than 40-year career.

Hee Haw! Farm Aid heads to New York

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Farm Aid organizer John Mellencamp says bringing the country music concert to New York City was not meant to be a publicity stunt.

Man posing as Merle Haggard's son nabbed

RONAN, Mont., July 3 (UPI) -- Police in Montana said they arrested a man posing as the son of country great Merle Haggard and signing autographs and posing for pictures for a fee.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Friday, April 6, 2007.
By United Press International

Country legends team up on new album

PRESCOTT, Ariz., March 20 (UPI) -- Texas-based music legend Willie Nelson likens his new project -- "Last of the Breed" with Merle Haggard and Ray Price -- to some of his previous collaborations.

Trio of country greats jams on new release

NASHVILLE, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- American country music icons Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Ray Price teamed up to record "Last of the Breed," their first recording project as a trio.
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Merle Haggard
President Ronald and Mrs. Nancy Reagan enjoy the music of Merle Haggard during a concert at Rancho Sierra Grande. (UPI PHOTO/Larry Rubenstein/FILES)
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Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country music singer, guitarist, instrumentalist, and songwriter.

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 guitars, vocal harmonies, 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. His songs display unflinching personal honesty about such universal themes as love, loss, patriotism, regret and redemption.

In 1997, Merle Haggard was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame for his song Okie from Muskogee.

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