Merle Haggard was one of the most highly respected artists in country music throughout his entire career.
When you think of a “legend” or a “icon” it’s really easy to think of artists like Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and George Jones who have made country music what it is today. These men were key parts in pioneering country tradition and they will always be considered country legends.
As many of you know Merle Haggard is very well respected as a singer, songwriter, and musician still today after his death. Not only that, but many artists credit Merle Haggard for being their inspiration to pursue a career in country music.
It was the year 1960 and Haggard was just out of the San Quentin prison when he decided that he wanted to be a part of something bigger and better. He was ready to turn his life around and we are so glad he did because now he is a part of our country music family forever!
Throughout his decades of career in country music the country outlaw carried 38 number one country hits and that was only a portion of the success that he had. And the truth is that he had to work really hard to make that happen.
Back in 1962 Haggard signed his first deal with Tally Records. He released his very first song “Singin’ My Heart Out,” with them but to be honest it didn’t really do much for the country star. It was only a small stepping stone to the amazing career that he held in his hands at the end of his life.
In fact, it was so bad that only 200 copies were made of the song at the time. It wasn’t until two years of hard work later that Haggard had his first big hit titled “Sing a Sad Song.” Now a days many people can forget where the country icon came from, but thankfully a recording has surfaced that has us all in amazement.
Merle Haggard’s very first song “Singin’ My Heart Out” was found and we are so thrilled to see what his very first ever single sounded like. This was only the beginning for Haggard and it is beautiful to watch how far he came over the years up until his heartbreaking death.
Check out his first ever recording in the video below:
I already miss this man so much. RIP Merle Haggard.