Country music legend Merle Haggard, best known for such patriotic hits as “Okie From Muskogee” and “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” died Wednesday, his birthday, at his home in northern California. He was 79, and he died on his birthday.
Haggard died of complications from pneumonia, his agent Lance Roberts told CNN.
He recorded more than three dozen No. 1 country hits in a musical career that spanned six decades, from the 1960s into the 2010s. He overcame an early life of crime and a prison term in San Quentin to develop a rugged, outlaw image that helped sell millions of records.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and was awarded with Kennedy Center Honors in 2010.
Ten of his biggest hits (in no special order) are listed below:
Okie From Muskogee
Workin' Man Blues
If We Make It Through December
The Fightin' Side Of Me
Today I Started Loving You Again