MERLE HAGGARD ~Best Of The Best~ Incl SING ME BACK HOME
1. Today I Started Loving You Again
2. Okie From Muskogee
3. Swinging Doors
4. Branded Man
5. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive
6. The Fightin' Side Of Me
7. (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Stranges
8. I Threw Away The Rose
9. Sing Me Back Home
10. Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star
LABEL: GUSTO, (USA) 2002.
After almost 50 years in the business, Merle Haggard is more popular than ever. His skills as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddle player, and entertainer are unparalleled in the music industry. Merle's classic traditional country style set a standard that made him a legend in his own time. The titles of many of Merle's songs, such as "Okie From Muskogee" and "The Fightin' Side Of Me", have become everyday sayings woven into our culture. The fact is, Merle's songs reflect the experiences of a lifetime. Merle was born in a boxcar converted into a home in Bakersfield, California. Growing up, he had a number of run-ins with the law that landed him in San Quentin prison. He was soon released, and began playing honky-tonks around Bakersfield. The songs Merle wrote were often about the rugged life he lived, and his fans enjoy sharing those experiences through his music. By 1966, Merle had his first #1 hit on the charts after he recorded "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive". In the years that followed, Merle compiled over thirty #1 hits. One of his most popular, "Okie From Muskogee", is a country classic, and is included in this collection of songs by one of country's all-time greats. Although Merle Haggard is a multiple award winning artist, and arguably the greatest country music entertainer of all time, his notoriously loyal fans often refer to Merle simply as "The Hag".