Merle Haggard Dead

Merle Haggard, Dead at 79, to Be Tributed in Wednesday CMT Special

Country music legend Merle Haggard, who died on Wednesday — his 79th birthday — after a months-long battle with pneumonia, will be promptly remembered in a pair of TV specials.

CMT will pay tribute to the singer with CMT Remembers Merle Haggard, airing tonight at 8:30/7:30c. The special will feature never-before-seen footage and interviews, vintage performance clips and commentary from Haggard himself as well as some of country music’s biggest stars (including Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Florida Georgia Line, Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd, Dwight Yoakam, Brooks & Dunn and Bobby Bare).

Then on Thursday, CMT will feature “All Merle, All Day” on CMT and CMT Music.

AXS TV, meanwhile, will on Friday at 11:30 am have a special airing of Dan Rather’s The Big Interview with Haggard.

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  1. HAP says:

    Merle Haggard. Oh, how he could sing. Oh, how he could write. Oh, how he could play. He achieved Mt Rushmore status in country music. He will be sorely missed. RIP.

  2. Leta Jewel says:

    Thank you for all the greatest country music you have given us. We love you..may we meet again. To the family.. Your loss is ours.. Prayers sent your way..

    Jewel in Irrigon, Oregon

  3. Candy anderson says:

    R.i.p. Merle God bless enjoy the band of the best I know they’ll welcome you with open arms.

  4. macin lodge says:

    Just want to say merle is like a father to me through the song he sings I love them all. My sympathy goes to his family’s coming all the way from Belize.

  5. paul lirette says:

    you were my inspiration thank you for all the great songs i will miss you r.i.p.

  6. Gloria Baker says:

    Merle was the best!! Saw him in concert in Houston Texas Merle put on a good show!

  7. Gloria Baker says:

    Loved his song Sliver Wings It was the best!

  8. Scott says:

    Merle was the most talented of them all. He had the ablility to put a story into a song and make you feel it to your bones. Great writer, picker and singer. May the Lord bless him in heaven.