February 13

For Merle Haggard Tribute, Mo Pitney Teams Up With Cody Johnson And William Michael


For Merle Haggard Tribute, Mo Pitney Teams Up With Cody Johnson And William Michael 1

Three of the greatest artists in this generation teams up to commemorate the arts and works of the greatest country artist in history “Merle Haggard”. William Michael, Cody Johnson, and Mo Pitney performed Haggard’s everlasting song “Okie From Muskogee”. Each took turns while performing the main vocals and harmonies.

The three country artists had joined forces to celebrate “Okie from Muskogee” which gone platinum in 1991. Cody Johnson said:

“I’m pretty sure I can speak for all three of us sitting here that without Merle Haggard, I might not be playing music, and I think the world is a better place for him, so here’s to that.”

About the song…

The hit was written by Merle Haggard himself with the help of Roy Edward Burris. It was released in October 1969 by Capitol Records.

Moreover, “Okie From Muskogee” was written after Haggard watched the Vietnam War Protests. Simply Haggard wrote the song as a support to the soldiers.

“Okie From Muskogee” topped as the No.1 single on the country charts in 1969. In addition, the song maintained its peak on the country charts for a total of four weeks.

Back on November 15, 1969 to December 6, 1969, the hit topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs surpassing the other greatest artists and their songs such as Jerry Lee Lewis’ “She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye” peaked at No.2, “Try A Little Kindness” by Glen Campbell at No.3, Conway Twitty’s “To See My Angel Cry” at No.4, Sonny James’ “Since I Met You, Baby” at No.5, and other legends like Tammy Wynette, Charlie Pride, and the others.

The Awards…

Due to the song’s great impact, it has received multiple awards from the honorable different award-giving bodies. It won “Album Of The Year” in 1969 at Academy Of Country Music. Also, it received “Album Of The Year” in 1970 at Country Music Association Awards. Furthermore, Haggard won “Single Of The Year” and “Top Male Vocalist” for “Okie From Muskogee” in 1970 at Country Music Association Awards.

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