As Eric Church sang, “I pledge allegiance to the Hag!” Merle Haggard was a country music icon and when he passed away on Wednesday the music world’s heart broke.
Not only did Merle make his name by pioneering a fearless and unique style of country and his later friendship with Willie Nelson, he also was the poster boy for the anti-hippie movement of the 60s.
In the below video, Merle performs his pro-troop, pro-America classic “Fightin’ Side Of Me” in 1970. Check it out and say a prayer for the Hag:
What’s your favorite Merle Haggard song? Share your thoughts in the comments below!