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This Day In Country Music History – A Legend Is Born, A Legend Dies [Video]

Merle and Tammy

On this day in country music history we celebrate two legends. We celebrate the birth of Merle Haggard. We respectfully recognize the passing of Tammy Wynette.

These two incredible performers have given country music its heart and soul through out their careers. We’ve included some of our favorites in video form too.



Tammy Wynette was country music’s first lady. She topped the charts with many incredible songs. Her most notable was Stand By Your Man. The song was such an iconic part of American culture it was even quoted by Hillary Clinton during the investigation of her husbands alleged infidelity while serving as President.

Tammy was also known for her explosive relationship with George Jones. The two were married and later divorced. Tammy passed away on this date in 1998. The cause of death was listed as a blood clot on the lungs. Five months later Tammy was posthumously inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Merle Haggard was born this date in 1937 in Bakersfield California. Merle’s real life stories of a not so picturesque youth that he captured in song catapulted him to the top of the country music charts. His honest writing and blue collar observations made his music the voice of the working man.

Merle Haggard continues to perform concerts around the country. Health concerns over the past few years have curtailed his touring schedule just a bit but he still covers a lot of ground every year to play for enthusiastic fans across the nation.

If you would like Chris Logan to play your favorite Merle Haggard or Tammy Wynette song on the Classic Country Saturday Night show you can make that request right here.

Here are some suggestions that we thought you might like too:

Tammy Wynette- Stand By Your Man


Tammy Wynette – I Don’t Wanna Play House


Tammy Wynette – D-I-V-O-R-C-E


Merle Haggard- Working Man Blues


Merle Haggard – Okie From Muskogee


Merle Haggard – Today I Stated Loving You Again

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