November 3, 2006 |
The president of the National Assn. of Evangelicals resigned Thursday after his Colorado Springs, Colo., mega-church opened an investigation into allegations that he had repeatedly paid for sex with a male prostitute. The Rev. Ted Haggard, who regularly consults with the White House on policy matters, told a Denver television station that he "never had a gay relationship with anybody" and had been faithful to his wife of 28 years.
October 28, 2006 |
It was to be a trip to country music Valhalla, the summit meeting in August of the two men widely considered the genre's greatest living singers: George Jones and Merle Haggard.
April 2, 2006 |
BECAUSE HE STILL WRITES AND SINGS about it, Merle Haggard's past is never entirely behind him, especially in Kern County, where he was born and raised. A few years ago, when a new Amtrak station opened in Bakersfield, some residents asked that it be named for Hag. Letters to the editor immediately bombarded the Bakersfield Californian and made it clear that his youthful indiscretions--and time in San Quentin--had not been forgiven in this self-consciously Christian county.
February 20, 2006 |
It's been a good month for Merle Haggard. Two weeks ago, the legendary country songwriter was celebrated with a Grammy lifetime achievement award, and on Tuesday, 10 of his classic 1960s and early-'70s albums are set to arrive in stores in richly archival fashion. The man they call Hag could rightly be basking in the attention -- but Haggard remains as much iconoclast as he is icon and, like his old anthem, he's never shy about showing the "Fightin' Side of Me."
January 11, 2006 |
David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, Jessye Norman, Richard Pryor and the Weavers have been named recipients of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors "lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium," the academy said Tuesday.
November 12, 2005 |
Merle Haggard and the Strangers will play today in the front room of the country singer's Northern California home. For 15 bucks, you're invited. To watch via your computer, that is. "We'll webcast and let the world decide whether or not they like it," said Haggard, who has dubbed the series of six Saturday afternoon shows "Merle Haggard on the Sabbath." "We're doing something that's never really been done with my kind of music. "I've always wanted to do this, ever since I was a child and I heard Bob Wills on a noonday broadcast," Haggard said.
March 23, 2005 |
Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard are such masters of their craft that they make it hard for critics not to look like pushovers, especially at a concert as warm and frequently thrilling as the freewheeling one they put on Monday at the Pantages Theatre. Rather than take their audiences down a predictable memory lane of greatest hits each night, Dylan and Haggard, who are touring together for the first time, shuffle their set lists to fit their moods and muses -- making each night an adventure.
June 20, 2004 |
Merle Haggard, the country music star who really did turn 21 in prison, just like it says in one of his songs, figures it cost the IRS nearly $100,000 the day an agent came to his ranch near here to try to figure out what goes into writing a hit. Haggard's tax return was apparently kicked out by the computer for too many business deductions and the agent wanted the songwriter to show him how the 200-acre spread in the mountains helped him do his work.
August 16, 2003 |
Attorneys for 366 former patients of Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s hospital in Redding sued the company and eight doctors Friday, accusing them of performing unnecessary heart surgeries to boost profit. The lawsuit claims that Redding Medical Center's chief cardiologist and its top cardiac surgeon -- Chae Hyun Moon and Fidel Realyvasquez -- joined a half-dozen associates in defrauding people who needlessly went under the knife.
July 24, 2003 |
Merle Haggard's record label is rush-releasing his new single, "That's the News," a song critical of the media's handling of the continuing U.S. military involvement in Iraq. The 66-year-old country singer and songwriter's music has been heard infrequently in recent years on youth-oriented commercial country stations, but the new song has generated significant interest following a piece that aired Monday on Fox News Channel in response to a July 15 story in The Times.