RIP Merle. You were one of the greats. Thank you for all the memories.
I discovered Merle Haggard in college. One of my roommates was a closet country music fan my other roommate turned out to be related to Merle Haggard and referred to him as uncle Merle.
Merle songs became the staple of our Karaoke nights and The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard got a lot of plays on our turn table.
I always think of him with his little dog and smile.