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Five Facts About Country Legend Merle Haggard

June 16, 2015
 Merle Haggard, the country legend, comes to Belk Theater on June 30.

  Merle Haggard, the country legend, comes to Belk Theater June 30.

Don’t miss out on this show! For one performance only, the iconic legend Merle Haggard takes the stage June 30 in the beautiful Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center!

Haggard has pushed the boundaries of country music. With 38 No. 1 hits and hundreds of original songs, Haggard has proven himself as one of country music’s most established and influential artists.


  • Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994, joining fellow Bakersfield patriarch Bob Wills.
  • One of the most prolific figures in country music, Haggard has appeared on more than 150 albums and received songwriting credit on over 250 songs.
  • In his early days, Haggard was known to often perform impressions of other famous country singers, like Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Eddie Arnold and Marty Robbins.
  • Haggard’s prison songs come from experience. The singer openly discusses his time behind bars on his website. (CLICK HERE to read his full bio.)
  • Haggard was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008. After a speedy recovery, he called the situation “the greatest test of my fortitude.”

At age 78, the veteran singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and bandleader is still making some of the most compelling music of his long and storied career. As a recording artist with hits like “Mama Tried” and “Okie From Muskogee,” he embodies and transcends the music genre.

Haggard is both a seminal superstar and an unrepentant outsider. Over the course of a remarkably prolific five-decade career, he’s consistently shown himself to be an uncompromising creative force, far more concerned with pursuing his iconoclastic vision than with meeting the expectations of the music-industry establishment.

Join us as the country music legend takes the stage in Charlotte’s Belk Theater!

Purchase your tickets today!

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