Merle Haggard - Famous Composer

Merle Haggard Net Worth


Merle Haggard was an American country and western songwriter, singer and instrumentalist who had a net worth of $5 million at the time of his death in 2016. Merle Haggard, nicknamed ‘The Hag,’ helped create ‘the Bakersfield sound,’ along with country great Buck Owens and Haggard’s band The Strangers.

Key facts:

  • Merle Haggard was an American country and western songwriter, singer, and instrumentalist who helped create the "Bakersfield sound," a mix of traditional country and Fender Telecaster guitar.
  • Haggard had 38 #1 hits during his career, including songs like "Mama Tried," "Okie from Muskogee," and "Pancho and Lefty."
  • He won multiple awards, including Top Male Vocalist 7 times between 1966 and 197, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.
  • Haggard's life was marked by early legal troubles and multiple stints in detention centers and prisons, including San Quentin. He turned his life around while in prison, earning a high school equivalency diploma and playing in the prison's country music band.
  • Haggard's personal life was also notable, with five marriages and financial troubles that led to a bankruptcy filing in 1992.

Basic Information About Merle Haggard

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Singers
ProfessionsGuitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Fiddler, Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Record producer
Net worth$5,000,000
Date of birth1937-04-06 (87 years old)
Place of birthOildale
NationalityUnited States of America
Spouse11 September - Theresa Ann Lane (Β 1993 - 6 AprilΒ 2016)Β (his death)Β (2 children)
1 June - Debora J Parret (Β 1985 - 1991)Β (divorced)
7 October - Leona Bell Williams (Β 1978 - 3 DecemberΒ 1984)Β (divorced)
Bonnie Owens - (28 JanuaryΒ 1968 - 27 SeptemberΒ 1978)Β (divorced)
16 April - Billie Leona Hobbs (Β 1956 - 1964)Β (divorced)Β (4 children)
Height5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did Merle Haggard win?


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Merle Haggard roles

Movie / Series Role
Wag the DogMerle Haggard
The WaltonsRed Turner 1 episode, 1976
Hee HawSelf / ... 10 episodes, 1969-1989
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoSelf / ... 3 episodes, 1996-2011

Merle Haggard's Quotes

  • Willie Nelson's the one who told me the reason it costs so much to get divorced is because it's worth it.
  • When George Jones died, we lost the greatest country singer who ever lived. Every time he stepped in front of a mike, he knocked me out. "She Thinks I Still Care' is my favorite. Then there's 'White Lightning', and the list goes on forever. His delivery on 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' is comparable to a fine opera. He's conveying something there about as well as it can be conveyed. I think he's with the Lord, probably having a great time , him and old Hank Williams and all the rest. ( Wait a minute now, Hank may not be there.) George was real .. the most down-to-earth old country boy - didn't want anything special. He was just George Jones and we loved him.

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Interesting Facts about Merle Haggard

  1. Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.
  2. As an inmate at San Quentin from 1958 to 1960, Merle Haggard saw Johnny Cash play at the prison on January 1, 1959. It changed his life. Haggard was later granted a pardon by Ronald Reagan when the former actor was Governor of California.
  3. Has been vocal in his opposition to the state of current country radio programming, which he has said focuses more on younger, pop-country oriented acts rather than traditional stars.
  4. Has scored 38 No. 1 hits on Billboard magazine's country singles charts between 1967 to 1988. Among his biggest hits included "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" (1967); "Sing Me Back Home," "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde" and "Mama Tried" (all 1968); "Hungry Eyes," "Working Man Blues" and "Okie From Muskogee" (all 1969); "The Fightin' Side of Me" (1970); "If We Make it Through December" (1973); and "Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star" (1988). He's also had duet hits with such performers as Leona Williams, Clint Eastwood, George Jones, Willie Nelson and Jewel Kilcher.
  5. Son of James Frances Haggard and Flossie Mae Harp. Merle had 6 children: Dana, Marty, Kelli, Noel, Jenessa, and Ben.
  6. Recipient of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors; other recipients that year were Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Herman, Paul McCartney, and Bill T. Jones.
  7. Bore a resemblance to actor Warren Beatty during the 1960s & '70s.
  8. Famous country & western singer
  9. Hospitalized with double pneumonia in December 2015 and March 2016.
  10. Underwent surgery for lung cancer in November 2008.
  11. Died on his 79th birthday, due to complications from pneumonia, at his California residence.
  12. Supported Hillary Clinton's bid to win the Democratic nomination in 2016.
  13. Born on exactly the same date as Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian from the "Star Wars" movies).

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