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August 31

Merle Haggard and Janie Fricke’s 1st Joint Project was a Hit

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Country music legends Janie Fricke (L) and Merle Haggard (R) | Photo credits: Youtube; shazam.com

There have been numerous country music singers whose first shot at working together became an instant success. It was in 1984 when country music singers Merle Haggard and Janie Fricke first agreed to record a song together. The resulting single of their initial team-up was called “A Place to Fall Apart.” Haggard co-wrote the song with Willie Nelson and Freddy Powers. It was the second single from Haggard’s album It’s All in the Game. For a week, the record occupied the top spot of the country chart.

Haggard and Fricke’s follow-up duet record, Natural Highwas also a chart-topper. Just like in the song “A Place to Fall Apart,” Fricke provided backing vocals in the recording of the latter. This success further strengthened the recording partnership of Haggard and Fricke. Meanwhile, the album containing both songs was equally successful. Completing the three No. 1 hits it spawned was the song “Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room.” To emphasize, the album helped revitalize Haggard’s career and brought it to higher acclaim in the ’80s. Apart from topping the Country Albums chart, the record also received a favorable review. Haggard’s ability to deliver an emotionally compelling record has been well regarded through his album It’s All in the Game.

Below is a live duet performance of “A Place to Fall Apart” by Haggard and Fricke.

Duet with Connie Smith

Aside from Fricke, Haggard also performed the hit with another country music legend, Connie Smith. In the clip below, we don’t only see two talented singers but also enjoy real country music with their fantastic performance. These legends, although no longer around, are always remembered for their authentic country music.

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