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.

Toby Keith tops BMI Country Awards

NASHVILLE, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- At the BMI Country Awards ceremony in Nashville, singer Toby Keith took home two songwriting awards for his song, "As Good As I Once Was."

George Jones injured, shows canceled

NASHVILLE, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Country singer George Jones fractured his right wristin Nashville Friday and has canceled three performances this weekend.

Jones and Haggard put taping on hold

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Country Music Television's "Cross Country" taping with singers Merle Haggard and George Jones was postponed indefinitely this week in Franklin, Tenn.

Big & Rich speedway concert canceled

SPARTA, Ky., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A concert by country music duo Big & Rich set for a speedway in Sparta, Ky., Saturday night has been canceled at the last minute.

Haggard, Jones to record together again

NASHVILLE, June 1 (UPI) -- Nashville legends George Jones and Merle Haggard Thursday announced plans to record together for the first time in a quarter of a century.

Country's Bonnie Owens dead at 76

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., April 25 (UPI) -- Country singer Bonnie Owens died Monday in Bakersfield, Calif., 30 days after the death of her first husband, county superstar Buck Owens.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, April 6, the 96th day of 2006 with 269 to follow.
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Lifetime Achievement Grammys announced

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, Richard Pryor and Robert Johnson will receive 2006 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards, it was announced Tuesday.

Merle Haggard among 2006 Stones openers

NEW YORK, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The Rolling Stones gathered an eclectic batch of opening acts for 2006 ranging from country veteran Merle Haggard to female rockers Antigone Rising.

Chesney tops out at ACM music awards

LAS VEGAS, May 18 (UPI) -- Country singer Kenny Chesney has been named Entertainer of the Year at the 40th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, April 6, the 96th day of 2005 with 269 to follow.
By United Press International

Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard start tour

DETROIT, March 7 (UPI) -- Country music veteran Merle Haggard says he had planned a "real soft spring" until Bob Dylan called and asked him to be his tour opener.

Feature: Merle Haggard comes full circle

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Merle Haggard has returned to Capitol Records, where he enjoyed his first great success four decades ago -- no longer the fresh, untested artist, but a true country music icon with a track record of historic proportions and the wear-and-tear that came wit
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Merle Haggard releases album of standards

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Country legend Merle Haggard has recorded his first album of American standards in a recording career covering more than 40 years.
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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)

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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