4/6/1937 - 4/6/2016
Country Music Memorials: Remembering the life, death and legacy of Merle Haggard
Country giant Merle Haggard, the influential artist known best for hits including "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," has died. He was 79.
Haggard died Wednesday, on his birthday, of pneumonia, according to multiple news sources, including The Associated Press.
Haggard was one of the greats of outlaw country, the rough-and-ready genre spawned in opposition to the smooth "Nashville sound" that dominated country music in the 1950s and '60s. Haggard and his outlaw peers –...