- Performer:Merle Haggard
- Title:Number One Songs
- Style:Bakersfield Sound,Honky Tonk,Traditional Country
- Date of release:August 5, 2008
- Size FLAC version1493 megabytes
- Size MP3 version1416 megabytes
- Size WMA version1321 megabytes
- Formats:AAC MOD MMF RA VOC AA
Branded Man is the fourth studio album by American country singer Merle Haggard and The Strangers. After a troubled youth that saw him in and out of youth reformatories, Haggard was finally sent to Bakersfield jail for a bungled robbery and, after an escape attempt, transferred to San Quentin prison on February 21, 1958. He was released in 1960
Arranged chronologically from his outlaw hit "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" in 1967 through 1981's "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink," this would seem like the ultimate collection for Haggard fans, but alas this is not the case.
When discussing timeless Merle Haggard songs, this one doesn’t get as much attention as others in his catalog, but the vocal performance on this 1970 single stands as one of his best. About a man who feels restrained by his new relationship, this song definitely made an impact, having been covered by Vince Gill & Paul Franklin, as well as by LeAnn Rimes. 13. Merle Haggard - "The Bottle Let Me Down". The lead single from his 1973 holiday album Merle Haggard’s Christmas Present, this tender number about a man who wasn’t able to provide a bountiful Christmas for his family touched a nerve with millions of fans who ached along with every line. Haggard said in interviews that he didn’t consider it a true song of the season, but the song still registers some impressive airplay each December.
From 1969's A Portrait of Merle Haggard, "Silver Wings" wasn't a Number One hit but has endured as one of his greatest heartbreakers, on par with Mickey Newbury at his most mournful. Romanticizing an airplane's "silver wings" that take away his lover, Haggard sang so intimately that you wondered if you were eavesdropping. Also known as "Mama's Hungry Eyes," this tribute to the man's own single mama was the high point of his 1969 album A Portrait of Merle Haggard. And it's a masterpiece of unusually sophisticated empathy, evoking soul starvation that's every bit as oppressive as hunger of the stomach. The hardscrabble setting is a Depression-era labor camp, and the whole thing is all the more heartbreaking because the singer admits he had no idea how much pain his parents were in.
When I listen to one of his songs and read what all he's been through, it's easy to understand why Merle probably wrote most of his song lyrics about his own life and the hard times he grew up in. Of all the country singers, I believe Merle has the best "Makes it sound so easy" voice in the business. As you watch the videos you will see why I believe Merle is truly a one of a kind country singer
The BBC artist page for Merle Haggard. Find the best clips, watch programmes, catch up on the news, and read the latest Merle Haggard interviews. Between the 1960s and the 1980s, he had 38 number-one hits on the US country charts, several of which also made the Billboard all-genre singles chart. Haggard continued to release successful albums into the 2000s. He received many honors and awards for his music, including a Kennedy Center Honor (2010), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), a BMI Icon Award (2006), and induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1977), Country Music Hall of Fame (1994) and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame (1997).
Merle Haggard is one of the most influential country music Singer-Songwriters since Hank Williams. His career began when he snuck backstage to meet country legend Lefty Frizzell as a teen. Impressed by his songs, Frizzell refused to go back on stage until Haggard went up and sang a song - to a warm audience response. Along with Buck Owens and Wynn Stewart, he was a pioneer of the Bakersfield country music scene in the 1960s, a working-class legend who sang torn and frayed narratives
Singin' My Heart Out. Merle Haggard. Same Train, A Different Time A Tribute to Jimmie Rodgers. Branded Man. Merle Haggard & The Strangers. Swinging Doors (And The Bottle Let Me Down). I'm A Lonesome Fugitive. The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde. The Essential Hits Collection . Merle Haggard Presents His 30th Album. 2017 The Ultimate Hits Collection. Country Love Songs (Ready, Steady, Stream).
A list of Merle Haggard's 10 best songs. If We Make It Through December" first appeared on Haggard's 1973 Christmas album, but it's not exactly a happy holiday tune. If we make it through December, Everything's gonna be alright, I know," sings the song's narrator, a man who was laid off from his job just before the holidays. Still, the track's realism struck a chord with fans, and earned Haggard another No. 1; it also found its way onto his 1974 album, as its title track. 6. "Workin' Man Blues". From 1969's 'A Portrait of Merle Haggard'.
CreditsRoy Edward Burris - Composer
Tommy Collins - Composer
Merle Haggard - Composer, Primary Artist
Bonnie Owens - Composer
Dolly Parton - Composer
Cindy Walker - Composer
|1||Mama Tried Merle Haggard||Merle Haggard||2:10|
|2||Workin' Man Blues Merle Haggard||Merle Haggard||2:44|
|3||Okie from Muskogee Roy Edward Burris / Merle Haggard||Merle Haggard||2:42|
|4||The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde Merle Haggard / Bonnie Owens||Merle Haggard||2:06|
|5||Sing Me Back Home Merle Haggard||Merle Haggard||2:51|
|6||Carolyn Tommy Collins||Merle Haggard||2:35|
|7||If We Make It Through December Merle Haggard||Merle Haggard||2:45|
|8||The Roots of My Raising Tommy Collins||Merle Haggard||2:43|
|9||Cherokee Maiden Cindy Walker||Merle Haggard||2:58|
|10||Kentucky Gambler Dolly Parton||Merle Haggard||2:53|