Like many other singers from Oklahoma, Merle Haggard’s voice has a distinctive country twang that suits the genre quite well.
Merle started singing country music in the 1960s. By the 70s, he was a respected star. He sang in 1974 on “Pop! Goes the Country.”
He combined stanzas from four of his hit songs into the lively three-minute medley. He ended by singing his legendary signature song, “Okie from Muskogee.”
The crowd cheered when he sang. Singing a medley lets listeners hear all of Merle’s biggest hits without them having to choose a favorite tune.
Merle Haggard died on his birthday, April 6, in 2016. Toby Keith performed a memorial medley of different Merle Haggard hits a few months later.
Although the music was uplifting, the occasion was still sad. The audience remembered the legacy of Merle Haggard and how he contributed to country music.