Merle had a troubled youth. His father died before he was ten, the depression kept money tight, and his mom was away a lot to make ends meet. When he was twelve, his brother Lowell gave Merle his used guitar. Merle learned to play it, alone, listening to Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams.
He saw Lefty Frizzell at a concert, and Frizzell heard Merle singing along to his songs, and insisted Merle play and sing on stage. He was well received and the experience convinced Merle to get serious about the music business.
Merle went on to become a landmark performer in the Country Music world, and he received dozens of awards throughout his career.
Join me next Saturday, February 16 at 9:20 for more with Merle Haggard!
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