Merle Ronald Haggard was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Haggard was born in Oildale, California, toward the end of the Great Depression. His childhood was troubled after the death of his father, and he was. Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, – April 6, ) was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Haggard was born in Oildale. Today I Started Loving You Again. 7. Loves Is Gonna Live Here Again. 8. Silver Wings. 9. The Fugitive. Sing Me Back Home. Merle Haggard: 30 Essential Songs · From the defiance of “The Fightin' Side of Me” to the melancholy of “If We Make It Through December” · "The. Merle Haggard stands, with the arguable exception of Hank Williams, as the single most influential singer-songwriter in country music history. As a performer and a songwriter, Merle Haggard was the most important country artist to emerge in the s, and he became one of the leading figures of the. Raised in Bakersfield, CA, in by migrant parents from Dust Bowl-era Oklahoma, Merle Haggard became arguably the most important country singer to. Merle Haggard. likes · talking about this. See Merle Haggard LIVE! Merle Haggard, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, one of the most popular country music performers of the late 20th century, with nearly 40 number. Profile: American country music singer, guitarist, fiddler and songwriter, born 6 April in Bakersfield, California, USA. Died on April 6, in Palo.