September 27

An Ode to a Friend: Merle Haggard’s “Sing Me Back Home”

Merle Ronald Haggard professionally known as Merle Haggard was one of most influential music artists in the 1960s.

He has spent 53 years in the country music industry. His childhood became miserable after his father’s death and has experienced life in prison. After his released in 1960, he managed to turn his life wonderful. Soon after he entered the country music scene, he rose to stardom and became a legend.

Merle Haggard
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Haggard gains popularity with his songs that occasionally contained themes about the working class contrary to the prevailing anti Vietnam War. He has received numerous honors and major awards all throughout his career. Sadly, he died last April 6 2019 due to pneumonia.

Now, let us have a look back on one of his remarkable hits, “Sing Me Back Home.”

Merle Haggard’s Classic

One of the most remarkable hits made by Merle Haggard is the song “Sing Me Back Home.” This track was originally written and recorded by Merle Haggard. The song was released in November 1967 as a single from his album, Sing Me Back Home. 

Upon release, “Sing Me Back Home” entered the country charts and reached number 1 on the Billboard Country Songs chart.

Merle Haggard
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Merle’s Touching Inspiration

This track featured his relationship with his fellow inmates, Carly Chessman and James Kendrick. Caryl was imprisoned because of a non lethal kidnapping while James was accused of killing a California Highway Patrolman.

Merle took the role of an inmate spectator as a condemned prisoner is being led towards the death chamber. As he often sing and play guitar, the condemned prisoner asked him to perform a final song. The inmate then recalled the time when a church choir came to visit and sang hymns. His friend asked the singers to sing a song that his mother used to sing. Before dying, he first wanted to relive his fond memories back home.

Listen to Merle Haggard’s “Sing Me Back Home” below:


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