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Country Legend Merle Haggard Dies At 79 Of Pneumonia

November 8, 2019


THIS IS “CBS2 NEWS” AT 5:00 P.M. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US I AM JEFF VAUGHN IN FOR PAUL MAGERS. PAT: I AM PAT HARVEY, FRIENDS COULD FANS AND FELLOW ARTIST MOURN THE LOSS OF MERLE HAGGARD, HIS STRIPPED DOWN, ON SOUND FORMED BEDROCK FOR CUR COUNTLESS ARTISTS WHO CAME AFTER HIM. REPORTER: HAGGARD PLAYED HERE SOME YEARS AGO, NO DOUBT THESE CROWDS WILL HEAR HIS MUSIC. ♪ ♪ I’M PROUD TO BE AN OKEE FROM MA MUSKOGEE. HE HIS SONGS ABOUT OUTLAWS, UNDERDOGS AND A SENSE OF NATIONAL PRIDE, FANS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ARE SADDENED BY THE LOSS. IT CRAZY HOW SOMEONE LIKE THAT TRANSCENDS GENERATIONS. THAT TYPE OF MUSIC THAT IS THE TYPE OF COUNTRY MUSIC THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE GREW UP ON, NOT THE SAME AS IT NOW. REPORTER: HAGGARD’S MANAGER SAID HE DIED NEAR REDDING, AFTER BATTLING PNEUMONIA FOR MONTHS, HE KEPT AN A TOURING SCHEDULE BUHE WAS FORCED TO CANCEL SHOWS THIS YEAR, HE SPOKE ABOUT COMING BACK FROM HIS ILL NEG. THEY SAY IT IS LIKE SWIMMING. IF YOU DON’T SWIM YOU WILL DROWN. IF YOU DON’T SING ON A SHOW, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO COME BACK ♪ ♪ REPORTER: HAGGARD DEFINED WEST COAST SOUND OF COUNTRY IN 60S AND 70S. A MASTERFUL GUITARIST, FIDDLER AND SONGWRITER, A HALL OF FAMER, RELEASING DOZENS OF ALBUMS AND NUMBER ONE HITS. ONE OF PEOPLE, WOULD PEOPLE SAY WESTERN, MERLE HAGGARD IS THE IMAGE THAT FLOATS TO THEIR MIND. REPORTER: HAGGARD AND FELLOW CALIFORNIA COUNTRY STARBUCK OH,N WAS FOUNDER OF THE TWANGY BAKERSFIELD SOUND. HE WAS A LIVING LEGEND, YOU THINK OF MERLE HAGGARD WITH LIKES OF WAYLON JENNINGS, AND CHRIS CHRISTIE WAS TOKER SON, STUFF FROM THE HIGHWAY MEN. HIS MUSIC WAS ROUGH, YET SENSITIVE, REFLECTING ON CHILDHOOD, AND MARRIAGE AND DAILY ST STRUGGLES. I THINK I’LL JUST STAY HERE AND DRINK ♪ ♪ REPORTER: HAGGARD’S SON, BEN, POSTED ON FACEBOOK, HIS DAD WAS NOT JUST A COUNTRY SINGER, THE BEST COUNTRY SINGER THAT EVER LIVED. JEFF: HE WILL BE MISSED. MEMBESTARS WREAKING, CHARLIE DA, TWEETED, COUNTRY MUSIC SUFFERED ONE OF THE GREATEST LOSSES. REST IN PEACE. AND BRAD PAISLEY, THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE LOSS AND SORROW FELL WITHIN ALL OF MUSIC WITH THE PASSING MERLE HAGGARD, THANK GOD FOR HIS LIFE AND HIS SONGS. PAT: THIS FROM CA CAREY UNDER W, LOVE AND PRAYER, THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER LIKE HIM. AND FROM THE GROUP RASCAL FLATTS TWEETED — RISING COUNTRY STAR IN CALIFORNIA NATIVE TYLER RICH TWEETED THIS — JEFF: NOT JUST COUNTRY MUSIC STARS, RON HOWARD TWEETED THIS OUT — PAT: EVEN THE WHITE HOUSE TOOK TIME TOMORROW MERLE. HIS PASSING IS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, EVEN PEOPLE WHO ARE ONLY CASUAL COUNTRY MUSIC FANS CAN APPRECIATE. HE WAS A LEGEND, TOLD STORIES THAT WHETHER YOU LIVE IN A URBAN COMMUNITY ORURAL COMMUNITY, OR SUBURBAN COMMUNITY. PAT: CHECK OUT CBSLA.COM, YOU

18 Comments

  • Reply Edward Lee April 7, 2016 at 1:39 am

    everybody knows his name.. the man was pure country…. rip merle………..

  • Reply forever mine April 7, 2016 at 3:29 am

    R.I.P. Merle Haggard

  • Reply Joann Wood April 7, 2016 at 3:44 am

    My absolute favorite singer since that first song. A legend in his own time. His music will live forever. P.rayers and love to his family😓😓

  • Reply carla risher April 7, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Rest in peace Merle Haggard, I just can't believe you're dead. My prayers and thoughts go out to your family and friends. Grew up listening to him and all the older country music. Another great legend in country music gone.

  • Reply Taco Gillespie April 8, 2016 at 11:03 am

    The poet of the common man.

  • Reply Bruce Seah April 9, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Rest in Peace Merle, you'll continue to live in the hearts of millions of your fans worldwide, we love you and will miss you.

  • Reply ksufler April 9, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    what is the name of the song he plays around 1:30 ?

  • Reply sharon anderson April 9, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    what
    a wonderful family you all are. i can't tell you how heartwarming and inviting
    both the facebook page and the website have been for all of us. How he shared
    his family and touching times with us, and his wonderful sense of humor.. his
    poetic vision, his hopes and dreams.. he dove into the world heart first ..
    with such courage and vigor — and that reckless free spirit of his. But the
    thing is, he loved people so much that we were able to be a part of his
    journey..he shared his adventures with us in a way nobody else ever has — from
    a panoramic view common folks would otherwise never have had a glimpse of. I've
    had front row seats to this amazing Merle World all these decades.  I can't help but feel him even closer now in
    some ways.. being part of his incredible life makes it possible myself, to live
    fully in every meaningful moment he would have captured and made masterpiece
    of..

  • Reply Jim Dad April 11, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    so sad to hear this news God bless Jim dad muso ! $€£?

  • Reply Amhlair April 12, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Sorry but Haggard was a dumb johnny-come-lately who only existed because the gracious outlaw country hippies that he put down in that stupid Okie from Muskogee song had pity and threw him some concert appearances and an album track or two. He should have died an insurance salesman or somesuch.

  • Reply donna nash April 13, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    The oddest thing is as soon as I heard of his death, my immediate thought was "from now on, all my friends are gonna be strangers"!! RIP Merle! So sad, the end of Country Western music!! Buck, Bonnie, and Merle will be Singing me home

  • Reply bigoldinosaur April 15, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Rest In Peace Merle. Country music will never be the same without you. Mama tried to comfort me when I found out but the fightin side of me just couldn't believe you were gone.

  • Reply Barbara Randall April 19, 2016 at 2:21 am

    amhlar whatever name that is suppose to be. Do you know anything about Merle Haggard? He was a great legend of country music he will never be forgotten. why someone would call Merle any names. you are saying it on here and not to his face.why??

  • Reply Dijon Barrett April 29, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I can't believe that he had passed away, but I didn't see that coming from the news. I am shocked and devastated to hear the tragic death of one of the greatest country legends. I love his country music and I remember some of his favorite biggest hits: "That's The Way Love Goes", "Mama Tried", and "If We Can Make It Through December."One of my favorite biggest hit was "That's the Way Love Goes."Your legacy lives on and on. Country music also never be the same.RIP Merle Haggard

  • Reply jerry tyndall April 30, 2016 at 3:33 am

    LOVE him! I am ashamed to say, I did not know he died of pneumonia. He is of my generation; sure he is rejoicing now in heaven!

  • Reply RICHARD WATTS June 7, 2018 at 7:59 am

    STEAM TRAINS SET UP TOWN OFF THE RAILS,STEAM ENGINES DRILLED THE OLD WELLS,IN HIS YOUNG YEARS IN A BOX CAR,IT IN IT DAY WAS NOT THAT BAD. THE PINKERTON AGENTS IN BLACK COATS ARE PRIVATE FED.AGENTS FOR RAILROAD.

  • Reply Brogan Moffet March 7, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Merle. Simply the best. Rip

  • Reply Josefina Rojas November 2, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    No abra otro como tĂș
    Gracias por darnos tu mĂșsica sentimiento y dolor

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