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.