Merle Haggard Net Worth 2020: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Merle Haggard net worth is
$40 Million

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Merle Haggard Wiki Biography

Merle Ronald Haggard was born on 6th April 1937, in Oildale, California USA, and as an American country singer, he was known as one of the creators of the Bakersfield sound. The artists was also a multi-instrumentalist and a songwriter. He passed away on his 79th birthday – 6 April 2016.

So just how rich was Merle Haggard? Sources estimate that the artist’s net worth was $40 million, all money having been made from the music industry. Having a unique sound, the guitarist managed to release albums constantly from the ‘70s – which brought him important income, together with touring, shows and other appearances. He continued to make money until his death, from album sales and royalties, after having written over 250 songs.

Merle Haggard Net Worth $40 Million

Merle Haggard spent his childhood in Bakersfield, at the time marked by the Depression. His father died when he was nine, and subsequently as a teenager he had some legal issues that saw him sent to several reform facilities and county jails, from which he was frequently trying to escape. He then started making money singing and playing the guitar in bars.

While he was subsequently making a living as a farmhand, Haggard continued to believe in a possible music career, so he played in nightclubs and, in 1956, he had his first television appearance in a local spot. However, a year later he went to jail for trying to rob a roadhouse, and passed through more prisons because of his escape attempts, but behind bars he actually  succeeded in obtaining a high school equivalency diploma. He remained behind bars until 1960, but where he performed in the prison’s country music band. (In 1972, Ronald Reagan expunged Merle Haggard’s criminal record.)

In 1962, the singer released “Sing a Sad Song”, which became a national hit, then in 1965, he had his first national top ten  hit “(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers”, which increased his popularity among country music fans. Together with his band “The Strangers”, he was one of the creators of the Bakersfield sound and released numerous successful albums. His “Okie from Muskogee”(1969) was a personal political statement much appreciated by the ‘silent majority’ in the USA, which brought him greater fame and a little fortune.

In the more than 40 years of his music career, Merle Haggard achieved 38 number ones, including the hits “The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde”, “The Fugitive”, “The Fightin’ Side of Me”, “Branded Man”, “I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me”, “The Roots of My Raising”, “Mama Tried”, and “Someday When Things Are Good”. He has released 47 studio albums, eight live albums and 23 compilation albums, which sold millions of copies over the years, adding significant money to Haggard’s net worth.

Haggard also had collaborations with numerous country music artists, such as George Jones, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Owens, Clint Eastwood and Janie Fricke. His career brought him numerous awards, which included distinctions and titles from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. He also held three Grammy awards, the 1984 Best Country Vocal Performance – Male, the 1998 Best Country Collaboration with Vocals and the 1999 Grammy Hall of Fame Award. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 1994, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2010. In 2014, Haggard performed at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and he continued to make music and to perform on stage virtually until the end of his life, adding a little to his net worth.

In his personal life, Haggard married five times, to Leona Hobbs (1956–1964), Bonnie Owens (1965–1978), Leona Williams (1978–1983), Debbie Parret (1985–1991), and to Theresa Ann Lane, whom he married in 1993. The musician had five children, three from his first marriage and two with Theresa. He passed away in his ranch-style house in Palo Cedro, California, on 6 April 2016 after a severe bout of pneumonia.

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Full Name Merle Haggard
Net Worth $40 Million
Date Of Birth April 6, 1937, in Oildale, California USA
Died April 6, 2016
Height 1.75 m
Profession American country singer
Nationality American
Spouse Theresa Ann Lane, Debbie Parret, Leona Williams, Bonnie Owens, Leona Hobbs, Mama Tried, Okie from Muskogee, Sing Me Back Home
Children Mama Tried, Okie from Muskogee, Sing Me Back Home, Marty Haggard, Noel Haggard, Ben Haggard, Jenessa Haggard, Kelli Haggard, Dana Haggard
Parents James Francis Haggard, Flossie Mae Harp, Mama Tried, Okie from Muskogee, Sing Me Back Home
Siblings Lowell Haggard, Lillian Haggard, Mama Tried, Okie from Muskogee, Sing Me Back Home
Awards Kennedy Center Honors, Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Single of the Year, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Academy of Country Music Awards Crystal Milestone Award, Acade…
Music Groups The Strangers
Nominations Country Music Association Award for Musical Event of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Event of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of …
Movies Killers Three, Hillbillys in a Haunted House, The 5th Dimension Travelling Sunshine Show, Dolly Parton and Friends: On the Country Train, Johnny Cash: The Anthology, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, Merle Haggard: Live from Austin, TX, Merle Haggard: Live at Billy Bob’s Texas, Merle Haggard: In Concert…
TV Shows Centennial
# Quote
1 When George Jones died, we lost the greatest country singer who ever lived. Every time he stepped in front of a mike, he knocked me out. “She Thinks I Still Care’ is my favorite. Then there’s ‘White Lightning’, and the list goes on forever. His delivery on ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ is comparable to a fine opera. He’s conveying something there about as well as it can be conveyed. I think he’s with the Lord, probably having a great time , him and old Hank Williams and all the rest. ( Wait a minute now, Hank may not be there.) George was real .. the most down-to-earth old country boy – didn’t want anything special. He was just George Jones and we loved him.
2 Willie Nelson’s the one who told me the reason it costs so much to get divorced is because it’s worth it.
# Fact
1 Supported Hillary Clinton‘s bid to win the Democratic nomination in 2016.
2 Died on his birthday, after complications with pneumonia at his home in California. He was 79.
3 Underwent surgery for lung cancer in November 2008.
4 Hospitalized with double pneumonia in December 2015 and March 2016.
5 Famous country & western singer
6 Bore a resemblance to actor Warren Beatty during the 1960s & ’70s.
7 Recipient of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors; other recipients that year were Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Herman, Paul McCartney, and Bill T. Jones.
8 Son of James Frances Haggard and Flossie Mae Harp, children: Dana, Marty, Kelli and Noel Haggard.
9 Has scored 38 No. 1 hits on Billboard magazine’s country singles charts between 1967 to 1988. Among his biggest hits included “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” (1967); “Sing Me Back Home,” “The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde” and “Mama Tried” (all 1968); “Hungry Eyes,” “Working Man Blues” and “Okie From Muskogee” (all 1969); “The Fightin’ Side of Me” (1970); “If We Make it Through December” (1973); and “Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star” (1988). He’s also had duet hits with such performers as Leona Williams, Clint Eastwood, George Jones, Willie Nelson and Jewel Kilcher.
10 Has been vocal in his opposition to the state of current country radio programming, which he has said focuses more on younger, pop-country oriented acts rather than traditional stars.
11 As an inmate at San Quentin from 1958 to 1960, Merle Haggard saw Johnny Cash play at the prison on January 1, 1959. It changed his life. Haggard was later granted a pardon by Ronald Reagan when the former actor was Governor of California.
12 Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.

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