Merle Haggard Playing in Columbia, Missouri
"The Hag" as Merle is often called, began his long and successful recording career in 1963. He topped the country charts 38 times between 1966 and 1987. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.
Some of Merle's best known hits include 'Branded Man,' 'Big City,' 'Mama Tried,' 'The Fightin' Side Of Me,' 'If We Make It Through December,' and of course his signature song, 'Okie From Muskogee.'