June 3, 1989
Feather's assertion that Baker "was a limited trumpeter . . . and an even less talented singer" is way off the mark and damning to Baker's talent ("Film Portrait Does Jazz a Disservice"). The first time I heard Baker's voice, I said to myself, "That's not singing, that's communicating!" He didn't take over a song, but rather he made it a listener's song. Baker had a talent to give of himself, like a Nina Simone or a Piaf or a Merle Haggard and damn few others. Chet Baker is gone and so are his troubles.
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.
August 10, 1990 |
Country music star Merle Haggard, whose new album "Blue Jungle" contains two songs about the homeless, says people are paying more attention to song lyrics. "There's so much entertainment, so many records being done, and music videos," Haggard said in a recent interview. "In some ways, it's got to come back to the basics and lyrics are the basics. I think people listen more closely now than they used to."
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.
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.
June 16, 1992 |
There was a farmer had a dog, And Bingo was his name-o! Country music's legendary Merle Haggard singing "Bingo" on a children's record is about as incongruous as Bob Dylan's rendition of "This Old Man" on last year's pop all-star album "For the Children," from Walt Disney Records. Sing it Haggard does--smooth and sweet--on Disney's latest all-star effort, "Country Music for Kids," this one a for-profit venture, unlike "For the Children," which benefited the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
May 30, 1993
I want to thank Robert Hilburn for the excellent review he gave the new retrospective collection of Lefty Frizell's performances ("Hail to the Real King," May 9). I was pleased that Charles K. Wolfe asked for my recollections for his superb album biography of Lefty. I met Lefty when his manager, Jim Beck, brought him to Nashville with his first release in 1950. Lefty's appearance on my radio program was his first interview, and I remember it vividly. Lefty was a very shy man, and without his social lubricant, alcohol, he simply froze.
January 26, 2014 |
Country music's Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson turned heads as they walked together down the red carpet at the Grammys on Sunday. The trio is scheduled to perform in honor of Kristofferson's lifetime achievement award. Looking dapper and very salt-and-pepper, the men took questions on the red carpet but kept their answers to a minimum. Nelson's handlers said he was tired and would be skipping the carpet for the most part. Grammys 2014: Red carpet arrivals Still, they stopped for a moment to say that the best part about Kristofferson getting recognized on Sunday was, as Kristofferson and Nelson said in unison, "Being together.
December 16, 2009 |
There's a powerful symmetry at work in "Crazy Heart" that's impossible to resist. It's a parallel between protagonist Bad Blake, a country singer whose entire life has led him to a nadir of disintegration, and star Jeff Bridges, whose exceptional film choices have put him at the height of his powers just in time to make Mr. Blake the capstone role of his career. It's a mark of how fine a performance Bridges gives that it succeeds beautifully even though the besotted, bedeviled country singer has been an overly familiar popular culture staple (Rip Torn in "Payday," Robert Duvall in "Tender Mercies," Hank Williams and Merle Haggard in their own lives)