In 2007, music fans were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime concert of honky-tonk hits in what is called Last of the Breed Live in Concert. Among the great things that happened were Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson sharing the stage together for a rousing performance of “Okie from Muskogee.”
The crowd immediately went rowdy the moment Haggard belted out the opening lyrics. And when Nelson walked out on stage, the crowd’s excitement went through the roof. After all, these two are country legends, and they’re singing a historic hit. What more could we ask for?
These Two Iconic Musicians Are A Force To Be Reckoned
Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson have always admired each other’s talent and work ethic. The high regard they had for each other led to a close bond that spanned more than five decades. Their music, grit, and values – along with the many things they had in common – tied these two country legends in ways that they bonded as brothers rather than just friends.
Of course, no brotherhood between two legendary musicians that will not come down to several collaborations. There are actually plenty of Merle Haggard songs that feature Nelson, which includes “Pancho & Lefty,” “Seashores of Old Mexico,” “Django & Jimmie,” and more.
And seeing these two country legends singing one iconic piece never fails to take our breaths away. “Okie from Muskogee” was originally recorded and released in 1969 by Haggard, who wrote the song after he became saddened by the Vietnam War protests that are prominently happening everywhere. The country classic has since been one of the most famous songs of Haggard’s career.
Make sure to listen to Haggard and Nelson joining forces for “Okie from Muskogee” by playing the video below. It definitely shows an unbreakable bond between two iconic musicians who are forever in our hearts.
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