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Bishop Ronnie P Hall


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Post  Posted 25 May 2019 5:41 am    
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I know I probably mis-spelled his name, but I`ve been a little under the weather, but I would like to know,
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Steve Hinson


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Post  Posted 25 May 2019 6:05 am    
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Bishop,Merle Haggard died from lung cancer in 2016.
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 25 May 2019 11:30 am    
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Worked as best he could right to the end.
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Bill Fisher


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Post  Posted 25 May 2019 11:44 am    
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Died on the same date he was born. April 6th, I believe.

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Ricky Davis


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Post  Posted 25 May 2019 1:30 pm    
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Merle dies of double pneumonia on, yes his Birthday April 6th. He was 79. He did have Lung Cancer and I believe a lung removed in 2008.
Mel Street also Died on his Birthday as he took his own life at 43 on his Birthday of October 21; just like his Dad did.
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Donny Hinson


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Post  Posted 25 May 2019 4:38 pm    
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Merle was prolific as a singer and writer of country music, far surpassing previous hugely successful singer-songwriter artists such as Jimmie Rogers, Hank Williams, and even Willie Nelson. It is said that at the time of his death, he had an archive of 300-400 unreleased songs. Whether or not they will wind up being be as popular or successful as the ones he sang and released while he was living is doubtful. Music tastes have changed, and popular music today seems of a far more superficial nature. To me, anyway.
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Darrell Criswell


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Post  Posted 25 May 2019 7:42 pm    
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Anyone know what happened to the archive? Chuck Campbell told me he grew up in the same hollow as Mel in West Virginia.
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Erv Niehaus


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Post  Posted 26 May 2019 6:21 am    
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I'm sure Merle was from Oklahoma and, he and his family, moved from there to California during the dust bowl days.
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 26 May 2019 6:40 am    
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Donny wonders whether any of those unreleased songs will materialize. Probably not. For instance, Tchaikovsky wrote some of the greatest music ever, but also a lot of rubbish which is thankfully forgotten.
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Brooks Montgomery


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Post  Posted 26 May 2019 7:21 am    
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Erv Niehaus wrote:
I'm sure Merle was from Oklahoma and, he and his family, moved from there to California during the dust bowl days.
Erv


Bio info on web has him born in Oildale, California, 1937.

If you read his bio on Wikipedia, go to the “early life section”: Holy moly,
Merle had a life that provided as much material for country western music as all the rest of them combined!
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Donny Hinson


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Post  Posted 26 May 2019 8:49 am    
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Ian Rae wrote:
Donny wonders whether any of those unreleased songs will materialize. Probably not. For instance, Tchaikovsky wrote some of the greatest music ever, but also a lot of rubbish which is thankfully forgotten.


That may be true, but unlike days of yore, the only thing being sold-pushed-hawked these days is the artist; their image. It's all about looks and personality. The actual songs they sing are rather inconsequential and unimportant.

(And this is why you seldom see old grey-hairs or fat people on the Billboard pop or country charts.) Mr. Green
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 26 May 2019 8:58 am    
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I agree that the actual musical content is close to zero. But then doesn't every generation make the same complaint about the next? I wonder what Merle Haggard was criticised for not doing! Smile
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Brooks Montgomery


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Post  Posted 26 May 2019 9:09 am    
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Ian Rae wrote:
I agree that the actual musical content is close to zero. But then doesn't every generation make the same complaint about the next? I wonder what Merle Haggard was criticised for not doing! Smile


Merle Haggard's song:
When My Last Song is Sung.

When my last song is sung

And my life’s work is done

And my old faithful guitar loses tone

You won’t find me troubled then

Wishin’ I could sing again

When my last song is sung I’ll be gone.
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 26 May 2019 10:41 am    
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If only everyone knew when to quit!
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Bishop Ronnie P Hall


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Post  Posted 27 May 2019 2:19 am    
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Thanks brothers. I had always been a fan of his talent, and a remarkable voice in his singing, plus his writing abilities. Thanks again, everybody.
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Barry Blackwood


Post  Posted 27 May 2019 10:09 am    
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Merle Haggard's song:
When My Last Song is Sung.

When my last song is sung

And my life’s work is done

And my old faithful guitar loses tone

You won’t find me troubled then

Wishin’ I could sing again

When my last song is sung I’ll be gone.

IMHO, that says it all and better than anyone else could ever say it.
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Erv Niehaus


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Post  Posted 28 May 2019 6:40 am    
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Then there's the "Old Violin" by Johnny Paycheck. Very Happy
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Lee Baucum


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Post  Posted 10 Jun 2019 7:02 pm    
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Here is "What Happened to Merle Haggard":

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Ollin Landers


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Post  Posted 13 Jun 2019 6:07 pm    
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If you want to see a great Bio on Merle This is it. I was fortunate to record this when my local PBS station aired it.

AMERICAN MASTERS

Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with Myself
Season 24 Episode 3 | 1h 23m

American Masters' documentary about the country music legend Merle Haggard, often called "the poet of the common man," features interviews with comrades and fellow musicians including Robert Duvall, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Richards, Tanya Tucker, and Dwight Yoakam. The people with whom he was raised - his juvenile delinquency and incarcerations - still inform his creativity.
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