Just about every Facebook post this morning (Australian time) mentioned Merle Haggard. Merle has joined a huge list of legends who have left us recently. Twitter pages were also full of regret that we had lost one of our greats of country music.
The posts were from many generations, many artists and fans from all walks of life. Merle had all the attributes of a legend in music: longevity, songs that people can relate to, character and conviction. He was by no means perfect. That was something that made him even more of a legend.
Merle Haggard was an outlaw of sorts, but he never sold out, never stopped writing or singing songs that meant something to people all over the world. He was one of the last true cowboys standing and we will miss him.
He died on his 79th birthday, leaving a great legacy, incredible music and many wonderful memories for all of us.