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Haggard Undergoes Cancer Surgery

Country star MERLE HAGGARD is recovering following an operation to remove a tumour from his lung. The singer/songwriter underwent the surgery on Monday (03Nov08) at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in California. The 71-year-old was diagnosed with...

White, Haggard + Jones Pay Respects To Wagoner

LATEST: Musicians JACK WHITE, MERLE HAGGARD and GEORGE JONES have paid to tribute to county music icon PORTER WAGONER, who died on Sunday (28Oct07). Wagoner passed away at a hospice facility in Nashville, Tennessee after...

Haggard : 'Drugs Fuelled The Musical Greats'

Country star MERLE HAGGARD blames the criminalisation of drugs for the decline in music quality - insisting the best songs were written under the influence. The 70-year-old claims the musical greats of the 1960s and...

Haggard Offers Clinton A Boost In New Song

Grizzled country star MERLE HAGGARD has given presidential hopeful HILLARY CLINTON a boost by recording a new song for her. The revered singer/songwriter wrote HILLARY after becoming impressed with President BILL CLINTON's wife and her...

Keith Is Double Country Winner

Country star TOBY KEITH was the big winner at Saturday night's (04NOV06) Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) Music Awards, after taking home two top accolades. His hit, AS GOOD AS I ONCE WAS, was named Country...

Mystery Emergency Forces Haggard To Pull Out Of Tv Taping

MERLE HAGGARD has left fans guessing after pulling out of a TV taping with old pal GEORGE JONES due to "unforeseen circumstances." The pair were to set to perform tracks from their new duets album...

Haggard To Be Honoured As Bmi Icon

Country music legend MERLE HAGGARD will be honoured as a Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) Icon at the performing rights organisation's 54th Annual Country Awards. Past honorees include DOLLY PARTON, BILL ANDERSON, LORETTA LYNN and CHARLIE...

Haggard And Jones Reteam For New Album

Country legends MERLE HAGGARD and GEORGE JONES have reteamed to work on their first collaboration album in 24 years. The duo plan to record new tracks for KICKIN' OUT THE FOOTLIGHTS... AGAIN this summer (06)....

Bonnie Owens Dies

Country singer BONNIE OWENS died on Monday (24APR06) following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 76. The Oklahoma-born star was best known for the work she did with her ex-husbands, country music legend...

Fiddler Terry Dies At 74

Country fiddle legend GORDON TERRY lost his battle with diabetes and emphysema on Sunday (09APR06). The 74-year-old won the Alabama Fiddling Championship when he was just 14 and later became a member of BILL MONROE'S...

George Jones Honoured In Hometown

Country legend GEORGE JONES has been honoured in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas - after being added to the local Walk of Fame. Jones pressed cowboy boots into a wet cement slab that will be...

Haggard Hits The Road With Dylan Again

Country legend MERLE HAGGARD is heading out on tour with BOB DYLAN again, a year after the duo teamed up for dates. Haggard and his band THE STRANGERS will join Dylan for a 15 city...

Stars Plan Birthday Salute To Guitar Great Les Paul

AEROSMITH star JOE PERRY and BUDDY GUY will join the stars paying tribute to LES PAUL as part of the guitar great's 90th birthday celebrations next month (07FEB06). The guitarists will team up with...

Bowie And Cream Honoured For Lifetime Achievement

Rock legends DAVID BOWIE and the ERIC CLAPTON-fronted CREAM are to be honoured for their contributions to music with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys next month (FEB06). The HEROES star and the...

Haggard Baffles Fans With Stones No-show

Mystery surrounds country star MERLE HAGGARD's last-minute decision not to open up for the ROLLING STONES in Dallas, Texas last night (29NOV05). The rugged singer pulled out of the show earlier in the day,...

Stones Make An Even Bigger Bang With New Us Dates

The ROLLING STONES are so thrilled with their fledgling A BIGGER BANG tour they've added another 15 dates. The rock supergroup kicked off their latest North American tour on Sunday night (21AUG05) in Boston,...

Stars Bronzed At Owens' Country Music Mecca Restaurant

HANK WILLIAMS, ELVIS PRESLEY and WILLIE NELSON are among the country music greats who will be honoured with bronze statues at BUCK OWENS' Crystal Palace restaurant in Bakersfield, California. The country great-turned-restaurateur and retired...

Haggard Honoured To Join Dylan On Tour

Country legend MERLE HAGGARD was happy to commit to a gruelling performing tour, for the chance to work with BOB DYLAN. Haggard, 67, is daunted by the mammoth calendar, but insists its a pleasure...

Merle Haggard Records The Standards

Country legend MERLE HAGGARD has followed ROD STEWART's example and recorded a new album of standards. The OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE hitmaker has recorded renditions of classics PENNIES FROM HEAVEN and CRY ME A RIVER...

Cash Tops Country List

Late music legend JOHNNY CASH has topped the ultimate poll of country men. The A BOY NAMED SUE singer beat legends like HANK WILLIAMS and GEORGE JONES to be crowned the Greatest Man of...

Ill Haggard Cancels Tour Plans

Country great MERLE HAGGARD has been forced to scrap American concert dates as he fights respiratory problems. The 68-year-old singer/songwriter was due to play nine dates in October (04), with more shows...

Willie Nelson Fights Through Carpal Tunnel Problems

Country singer WILLIE NELSON is fighting carpal tunnel syndrome to perform at pal MERLE HAGGARD's annual UFO FESTIVAL in Roswell, New Mexico, and his own annual Fourth of July picnic this weekend (03+04JUL04)....

Willie Nelsons Star Line Up

Legendary country singer WILLIE NELSON stunned his American fans last night (05MAY04) when he produced BOB DYLAN, KEITH RICHARDS, JERRY LEE LEWIS, KID ROCK and MERLE HAGGARD on stage for his third annual concert special....

Stars To Join Nelson For Fourth Of July Picnic

MERLE HAGGARD, RAY PRICE, DAVID ALLAN COE and KRIS KRISTOFFERSON are among the stars who will be joining country legend WILLIE NELSON for his annual Fourth of July Picnic in Texas. Nelson, who held...

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