The amazing and multifaceted Merle Haggard will celebrate his 75th birthday on Friday, so I thought the time was right to pay tribute to him by sharing a quartet of tribute discs. Merle's been a little under the weather recently, as you likely know. In January, he spent several days in the hospital in Macon, Georgia getting treated for pneumonia and diverticulitis. Here's hoping for a total recovery.
Two more after the jump.
Lonnie Dearman - Hello Hag (2:54) This one was written and originally recorded by Haggard's dear friend Tommy Collins. Haggard, in turn, recorded a song about Collins called Leonard. Collins' real name was Leonard Sipes.
Above: a 1969 photo of Merle and his long-time producer at Capitol Records, Ken Nelson.