R.I.P. Merle Haggard

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The country music legend Merle Haggard passed away at his California home after a “battle” with double pneumonia.

The country music “legend” had just turned 79.

He was first “diagnosed” with pneumonia last year, and then spent 11 days in the “hospital” in January after he was diagnosed again.

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Haggard canceled his scheduled “tour dates” with Willie Nelson after he became sick.

After years of singing hits like “Okie from Muskogee” and “Silver Wings,” Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.

When he got on “stage” to give a speech, he unraveled a “five-foot-long list” of people he needed to thank, “starting with his plumber.”

One of his most famous songs, “Mama Tried,” reflects on Haggard’s own life in a way.

He was “incarcerated” in the San Quentin State Prison in 1967, where he was first “influenced” to sing because of a Johnny Cash show.

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Willie Nelson gave a touching “tribute” to his dear friend Merle Haggard posting a black and white photo of him and Haggard “grinning” at each other on his Facebook page.

He linked to a song the two of them frequently sang together, “Pancho and Lefty.”

Stars expressing their sentiments…

“Country music has suffered one of the greatest losses it will ever experience Rest in peace Merle Haggard” — Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) April 6, 2016

“literally just fell to the floor. can’t believe we lost the hag. rip merle haggard” — Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) April 6, 2016

“Mighty Merle Haggard was the greatest country songwriter of ALL TIME. We shared many great memories, and I will miss him.” #merlehaggard — John Rich (@johnrich) April 6, 2016

“Hard to believe the news about Merle Haggard. Working with him is something I’ll never forget & will cherish forever” pic.twitter.com/XsgqYvbtD5 — Dustin Lynch (@dustinlynch) April 6, 2016

“There will never be another artist like the Hag… Rest In Peace Merle Haggard” — ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) April 6, 2016

“We lost one of the best today. Rest in peace Merle Haggard…. You will be missed pic.twitter.com/672bX7VSEy” — Tyler Farr (@tylerfarr) April 6, 2016

“My heart is absolutely broken in two at the news of the loss of Merle Haggard. We keep losing all of the good ones. What a sad, sad day…” — Jay DeMarcus (@JayDeMarcus) April 6, 2016

“Rest in peace, Hag. One of a kind, and the definition of legend. pic.twitter.com/aUGX22Avna” — Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) April 6, 2016

“There are no words to describe the loss & sorrow felt within all of music with the passing of Merle Haggard. Thank God for his life & songs.” — Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) April 6, 2016

“Jesus… Sweet Jesus…You love me just as I am… Jesus… Sweet Jesus… I’ve been washed in the Blood of the Lamb!” Merle Haggard #RIPHAG — The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) April 6, 2016

“extremely sad to hear of the passing of one of the greatest of all time Mr. Merle Haggard… https://t.co/hmAlAdA8pl pic.twitter.com/s9VhxkXz57″ — Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) April 6, 2016

“Merle Haggard was the best country songwriter there ever was.” — Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) April 6, 2016

“Love and prayers for the Haggard family. Merle was a pioneer…a true entertainer…a legend. There will never be another like him.” — Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 6, 2016

“Sad day today @merlehaggard has passed. RIP to a true songwriter, a pioneer of California Country, and country music.” — Jon Pardi (@JonPardi) April 6, 2016

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Number One Hits…

I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” (1966)

Branded Man” (1967)

Sing Me Back Home” (1968)

The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde” (1968)

Mama Tried” (1968)

Hungry Eyes” (1969)

Workin’ Man Blues” (1969)

Okie from Muskogee” (1969)

The Fightin’ Side of Me” (1970)

Daddy Frank” (1971)

Carolyn” (1971)

Grandma Harp” (1972)

It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad)” (1972)

I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me” (1972)

Everybody’s Had the Blues” (1973)

If We Make It Through December” (1973)

Things Aren’t Funny Anymore” (1974)

Old Man from the Mountain” (1974)

Kentucky Gambler” (1974)

Always Wanting You” (1975)

Movin’ On” (1975)

It’s All in the Movies” (1975)

The Roots of My Raising” (1975)

Cherokee Maiden” (1976)

Bar Room Buddies” (with Clint Eastwood) (1980)

I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” (1980)

My Favorite Memory” (1981)

Big City” (1981)

Yesterday’s Wine” (with George Jones) (1982)

Going Where the Lonely Go” (1982)

You Take Me for Granted” (1982)

Pancho and Lefty” (with Willie Nelson) (1983)

That’s the Way Love Goes” (1983)

Someday When Things Are Good” (1984)

Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room” (1984)

A Place to Fall Apart” (with Janie Frickie) (1984)

Natural High” (1985)

Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star” (1987)

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