Merle Haggard: “Okie from Muskogee”
By Nicholas Stix
Long before he gave the world, “Okie from Muskogee,” “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” and other country hits, Merle Haggard started out as a burglar and all-around thug. He spent years in reform school, and then in San Quentin. One time, he and his two crime partners got good and liquored up, and decided, since it was 3 a.m., to go burgle a local restaurant.
The problem was, it wasn’t 3 a.m., it was 10:30 p.m. Hag and his buddies came in through the back, only to find the restaurant open, and full of people.
Hag landed back in jail for the failed burglary, but broke out the next day, to go reconcile with his faithless first wife and his family. So, now he got sentenced to 15 years!
Some of his stories sound like something out of Cool Hand Luke.
Four hours ago, Ellison Lodge wrote:
Country legend Merle Haggard died on April 6, his seventy ninth birthday. While he will be best remembered for his music, Haggard’s career was always tied up with politics, whether he liked it or not. More than any other entertainer, Haggard was known as the voice of the silent majority—and the “Middle American Radicals” analyzed by the late Samuel T. Francis in Revolution From the Middle (1997) and rediscovered by Donald Trump.
[“I’m Proud, I’m White, and I Gotta Song to Sing: Merle Haggard’s Middle American Radicalism”: Read the whole thing at VDARE.]
Censored Recording: “A White Boy (Lookin’ for a Place to Do My Thing)”: Merle Haggard
Uploaded on Nov 28, 2008 by BreshDigitalTV.
A RARE look at Merle Haggard in the studio. Thom Bresh shot this electro-film while "Hag" was recording this song. This is NOT a studio mix. It is RAW, just as it came down on the session. It's incredible to watch him deliver the lyrics. This song was thought, by the record label, to be too controversial to be included on his CD. Isn't that called "Censorship"? It is pure, honest, 100% Haggard.