It was exactly 49 years ago when “Okie from Muskogee” placed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Today is the perfect time to reminisce that past. Indeed, a blast in the past. Apart from that, the song was one of the most successful singles of Merle Haggard. Once the song hits your ears, you’ll immediately think of “The Hag.” The song is one of his 38 singles that topped the country charts.
To rekindle the memories of “The Hag.” It’s worth your time listening to his single “Okie from Muskogee.” A tale told in a song patched with feel-good melody. Pause for a moment, relax, and suit your mood to one of Merle Haggard’s work of arts and great music.
Okie from Muskogee…
“Okie” is a term for a person from Oklahoma. Meanwhile, “Muskogee” is the 11th largest city in the state. From the terms alone, the song depicts a story of a person, simply “Okie from Muskogee.”
Moreover, Merle Haggard himself wrote the words and lyrics of “Okie from Muskogee” along with Roy Edward Burris. “The Hag” and The Strangers collaborated at recording the song. It was recorded back on July 17, 1969, and was released on September 29, 1969. Also, the song was part of Merle Haggard’s album of the same name.
As mentioned above, it reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on November 15, 1969.
Above all, Merle Haggard wrote the song as support to American soldiers. Also, this is to salute and give respect to our soldiers who jumped and died to save the world. A pure dedication for them in the form of music indeed.
A Bit about Merle Haggard…
“The Hag” Merle Haggard has a total of 38 No.1 songs on the country charts in the course of his career. He was also known to be one of the best country artists, one of the most loved legends in the history, and one multi-talented artist all over the globe. On the other hand, he was not just a singer but also a guitarist, songwriter, and a fiddler.
Merle Haggard has been through bad times before achieving the limelight. He faced a lot of struggles in life before becoming the ultimate star. Moreover, he has been in and out of juvenile detention center, he ran away from home, involved in a theft, fused in a robbery, has been in prison, and then a sudden struck of change hit him. Certainly, Merle Haggard is one of a kind. He’s simply history.
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