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Options April 6, 2016: MERLE HAGGARD 1937 - 2016

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments Approx. start time
Merle Haggard  Mama Tried   Options single  Capitol  1968  7"    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  Sing A Sad Song   Options single  Tally  1963  7"    0:03:44 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  Sam Hill   Options single  Tally  1963  7"    0:06:06 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  Please Mr. DJ   Options single  Tally  1964  7"    0:08:49 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers   Options single  Tally  1964  7"    0:10:56 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  They're Tearin' The Labor Camps Down   Options Let Me Tell You About A Song  Capitol    LP    0:13:25 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  Bill Woods From Bakersfield   Options Let Me Tell You About A Song  Capitol  1972  LP    0:18:27 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can   Options single  Capitol  1965  7"    0:21:39 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  Swinging Doors   Options single  Capitol  1965  7"    0:23:30 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  I'm A Lonesome Fugitive   Options single  Capitol    7"    0:26:23 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  Little Ole Wine Drinker Me   Options Mama Tried  Capitol  1968  LP    0:29:16 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  Irma Jackson   Options Let Me Tell You About A Song  Capitol  1972  LP    0:33:49 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  Okie From Muskogee   Options single  Capitol  1969  7"    0:36:33 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  Branded Man   Options single  Capitol  1967  7"    0:39:15 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  California Blues   Options single  Capitol  1969  7"    0:42:14 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  Does Impressions   Options n/a  n/a    MP3  Check it out here!! A must-watch!  0:45:43 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  Grandma Harp   Options Let Me Tell You About A Song  Capitol  1972  LP    0:50:36 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  Big City   Options Big City  Epic  1981  LP    0:53:22 (Pop‑up)
Merle Haggard  Sing Me Back Home   Options single  Capitol  1967  7"    0:56:20 (Pop‑up)


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Listener comments!

Avatar 8:02pm KP:

Howdy, Becky!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm melinda:

Hi Becky!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm Alex of Chicago:

HI
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm chris:

RIP, Merle, this joint's for you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Died on his 79th birthday. Imagine that.
  8:03pm diegobritt:

such a sad day... thanks for the merle.....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm melinda:

Why did it post twice? Oh well. Nice to hear Merle.
  8:03pm JakeGould:

Howllowe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm chris:

hi, Becky, thanks for spinnin' up the tribute!
  8:04pm SeanG:

wishing all these old things were new--that's my fave merle tune
  8:04pm P-90:

Now Merle. They"re dropping like flies.
Howdy Beckaroos.
Avatar 8:06pm Mailman Tom:

I loved this man's music for the past 46 years. Goodbye, Merle.
  8:06pm Ice in Brooklyn:

Looking forward to tonite. Thanks htrg
  8:06pm P-90:

Saw some old footage of him appear this afternoon on a cable news channel. I said "uh-oh..."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm timurf:

I just heard the news minutes ago. But I am thankful as there are few better ways to celebrate Merle than by listening to one of my favorite radio programs in commemoration.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:07pm Becky:

Hi, everyone. This is one of the hardest things I've ever done! I'm glad we're all here together.
Avatar 8:09pm Cheri Pi:

Nowhere I'd rather be than here with you Becky
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10pm dale:

sam hill is surprisingly like sam's place. is it the same sam?
  8:10pm P-90:

@Becky: almost my first thought when I heard was: It's Wednesday, HTRG will be on there with an instant memorial...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm LilyAbigale:

Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm dale:

if we make it through december is one of my absolute favorite songs any time of the year.
  8:15pm diegobritt:

Sam Hill made me think it was Tom T Hall song. It sounded like him. But it was a Tommy Collins song.... how about that...
  8:25pm diegobritt:

Thanks for these seldom heard Merle tracks!
  8:25pm JakeGould:

A death is sad, but the memories of an artist last pretty much forever. So hey.
  8:27pm Stuart Rose:

Great tribute, Becky.
How fortunate for us that your show is on the evening of this sad day.
  8:28pm SeanG:

damn i can relate to this song a couple years ago. haha!
Avatar 8:30pm KP:

Tell it, SeanG!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Merle was a prisoner in the audience in 1958 when Johnny Cash played at Folsom Prison.
Avatar 8:31pm Julea:

Thanks for all the great tunes tonight Becky. <3
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:32pm Becky:

You got it, Julea. And everybody else!
Avatar 8:32pm Julea:

It has been appropriately cloudy and stormy all day here in Nashville.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:33pm ericd:

Drinking a glass a wine for Merle now, and I'm in the corner crying'
Avatar 8:34pm PsychopathJimFields:

I feel like I'm listening to WHN in 1972. That is a very, very good thing :)

Hey! Look up there. It Cheri Pi :)
Avatar 8:34pm KP:

My sister-in-law and family lived in Palo Cedro, where he lived and died. A week after my last visit, he gave the town a shout out on the Grammys. i couldnt believe it.
Avatar 8:35pm Marc Francis:

Thanks for this Becky.
  8:37pm JakeGould:

Word is: Irma Jackson is one helluva project!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:40pm dale:

pitchin' woo - wow! it's no heavy pettin' but i'll take it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:40pm Aaron in Minneapolis:

As I read on Metafilter today, Merle released Irma Jackson right after Okie, so he had quite the range of material
Avatar 8:40pm Cheri Pi:

That's great KP!
Avatar 8:41pm Ham:

Ol' Hag.
Avatar 8:42pm PsychopathJimFields:

Pitchin' woo
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:42pm Dominick:

this is helping
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm dale:

capitol didn't release irma until a cover version came out to test the waters of the interracial thing
  8:44pm JakeGould:

Señor Wences!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Dominick:

easy
  8:46pm Mark:

I'm proud to be a hippie from Ypsilanti.
More or less.
Avatar 8:47pm Julea:

I love that clip of Roy Buchanan and Roy Nichols playing this one with Merle back in the day. Buchanan hits some other-worldly notes in that one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:47pm dale:

this is some pretty clean sounding vinyl.
  8:47pm JakeGould:

@Dominick: It’s alright?
  8:48pm JakeGould:

Excellent show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48pm dale:

marty's gunfighter ballads was a revelation. especially at 10 cents from my salvay.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:49pm Dominick:

s'allright!
  8:50pm JakeGould:

Hey. Suddenly 91.1FM sounds weaker and a bit staticky in Bay Ridge. Anyone else?
  8:51pm diegobritt:

Thank you Becky....
  8:56pm P-90:

I was at the Iridium club in midtown a few years back, for Les Paul's regular Monday night gig. Musicians visiting town would often turn up there, often jump onstage and banter with Les, maybe do a number of two with the band. Merle walked in (with Keith Richards and Paul Shaeffer in tow), he came up and played and sang, and spoke a little about his admiration for Les. He was digging being in the big city, and just amazed that everyone knew who he was... Something you never forget.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm dale:

thanks honky tonk girl - heartfelt show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Alex of Chicago:

Yes, thank you. Wonderful show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm TR In MI:

Thanks Becky for the great tribute. This one will get repeat listening in the days to come.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm dale:

i saw willie and johnny and dwight in manhattan, but tammy wynette at the bottom line blew them all out of the water.
Avatar 8:59pm PsychopathJimFields:

Beautiful show!
  8:59pm Trevor T:

RIP Merle. Thank you Becky.
  8:59pm P-90:

Merle had his signature model Fender "Tuff Dog Telecaster" guitar with him.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm chris:

Thanks again, Becky.
  9:02pm P-90:

Thank you kindly, Ma'am!
  9:02pm djelrock:

Good show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Brian in UK:

Great instant tribute, Becky. Time will be needed to fully absorb the man's lasting worth.
He was never so big over here for obvious reasons but a good songwriter will cross all borders. Thanks.
  3:43pm Ben:

Awesome, thanks so much! Getting me through the day.
  8:24am ditty from neptune city:

"What Country Was" song that Nashville-bound Nicole Atkins performed at last fall's outdoor Hoboken Arts & Music Festival kept rolling through my mind,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzZ94tz_SPU&t=4s

Merle's Buck Owens & Johnny Cash impersonations are a riot
  11:58am Marie:

Thanks for the great song selections, Becky. I am being schooled in Merle since he passed away. I never knew how great he was.
  10:04am okie from muskogee:

I don't think anyone remembered Glen Jones interviewing Merle Haggard on WFMU. Here that is, July 5, 2004, when Merle came up on a rare area appearance to play at B.B. King's
http://wfmu.org/flashplayer.php?version=2&show=11808&archive=113359&starttime=10:28
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