Gene Watson Fondly Remembers Merle Haggard: Wednesday 6 April 2022

Gene Watson and Merle Haggard in 2009

On Wednesday 6 April 2022, Gene Watson fondly remembered Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016) on the anniversary of both his birth and passing.

Merle Haggard and Gene Watson

‘Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016.

Today we should celebrate the extraordinary life of Merle Haggard.

He was one of my all-time favourite music heroes, and I know he was also for many of you.

RIP Merle’

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During the course of his illustrious country music career, Gene Watson recorded a number of acclaimed Merle Haggard songs.

Gene Watson: 'Heartaches, Love & Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984)
Merle Haggard: 'Swinging Doors & The Bottle Let Me Down' (Capitol Records, 1966)

Gene Watson recorded Merle Haggard‘s ‘Somebody Else You’ve Known’ and included the track on Heartaches, Love & Stuff‘ (MCA Records, 1984).

Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded the original version of ‘Somebody Else You’ve Known’ (written by Merle Haggard) and included the track on ‘Swinging Doors & The Bottle Let Me Down’ (Capitol Records, 1966).

Gene Watson: 'My Heroes Have Always Been Country' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2014)
Merle Haggard: 'I Love Dixie Blues' (Capitol Records, 1973)
Merle Haggard: 'Songs I'll Always Sing' (Capitol Records, 1977)

Gene Watson recorded Merle Haggard‘s ‘I Forget You Every Day’ and included the track on ‘My Heroes have Always been Country‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2014).

Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded the original version of ‘I Forget You Every Day’ (written by Merle Haggard) and included the track on ‘I Love Dixie Blues’ (Capitol Records, 1973) a ‘live’ album, which was recorded in New Orleans on Sunday 13 May 1973.

Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded an alternative version of ‘I Forget You Everyday’ (written by Merle Haggard) and included the track on ‘Songs I’ll Always Sing’ (Capitol Records, 1977), a two-record compilation album, which was released by Capitol Records on Monday 11 April 1977.