Merle Haggard was one of country music’s most famous former convicts, though most of his crimes were petty. The reason he landed in the notorious San Quentin Prison was due to how many times he escaped from smaller facilities and local jails. But did he really escape 17 times?
If you love Merle Haggard and Hoover up anything with his name on it, you’ll be happy to hear that a brand new 464-page “definitive” biography on The Hag is coming shortly from Hachette Books and New York Times Bestselling author Marc Eliot.
As bad as 2020 has been for just about everything, believe it or not, country music got it worse than just about every other segment of music, entertainment, sports, etc. when it came to both the amount, and the major names that passed away in the last 12 months.
Biff Adam, Bill Mack, Billy Joe Shaver, Charley Pride, Charlie Daniels, Chris Darrow, David Olney, Doak Snead, Doug Supernaw, Eric Weissberg, Fuzzy Owen, Gary McSpadden, Ginny Kalmbach, Hal Ketchum, Harold Reid, James Hand, Jan Howard, Jan Reid, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Capps, Jimmy Snyder, Joe Diffie, John Prine, Johnny Bush, Johnny Cash, Justin Townes Earle, K.T. Oslin, Kennt Rogers, Mac Davis, Mark Yeary, Merle Haggard, Paul English, Randy Barlow, Ray Pennington, Steve Holland, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Statler Brothers, Tony Rice, Willie Nelson, WS Fluke Holland
Call him the Founder, call him the Father, but whatever you call him, make sure you recognize that without Fuzzy Owen, there may have never been a “Bakersfield Sound” in country music, and country may have never taken such a foothold on the West Coast.