Country music legend Merle Ronald Haggard (1937-2016), best known for his songs “Okie from Muskogee” and “Mama Tried”, has died at the age of 79. April 6th, 2016 marked Merle Haggard’s 79th birthday and last day on earth in Palo Cedro, California. Haggard’s cause of death is reportedly due to his recent battle with double pneumonia. Reports state that Haggard had been under the care of hospice at the time of his death.
Willie Nelson posted this heartwarming tribute for his dear friend after hearing the news about Haggard’s death. Nelson posted this black and white photo of Merle and himself sharing a laugh in the studio with the caption “He was my brother, my friend. I will miss him”. He also shared the link to the song “Pancho and Lefty”, which was the title track of Nelson and Willie’s duet album produced in 1983. In honor of Merle Haggard, we’re sharing a live performance of “Pancho and Lefty” and “Reasons To Quit”, plus a video of Willie and Merle looking back on recording the song in 1983. “Pancho and Lefty” was written by Townes Van Zandt in 1972 and was also performed by Emmylou Harris in 1977.
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RIP Brother – Merle Haggard (1937-2016)