Six years ago today, the great Merle Haggard passed away on his 79th birthday, shaking the country music world to its core with the loss of such an influential musician.
Born in Oildale, California, in 1937, Merle’s country music career spanned five decades, produced dozens and dozens of hit songs, a number of award-winning albums, and has influenced more artists than you can imagine. Many would call him the best to ever do it.
Today would’ve been his 85th birthday, and as difficult a day as it is for country music fans, you have to think about his family once April 6th each year.
With that being said, his widow, Theresa Ann Lane, posted a sentimental note to Merle’s official Instagram page.
In the picture, you see Theresa and Merle sharing a bite to eat over some Coronas, at what appears to be an Anaheim Angels game.
You see Merle rockin’ an Angels hat with a goofy face, looking like he’s having the time of his life.
Underneath, the caption reads:
“To all the fans and family that loved Merle, today is that special day that Merle was called home.
That is one thing we cannot control in our lives is when it is our time to die. It seems like only yesterday we lost this man that I loved and you all loved so well.
He is surely missed by me and our kids. I know he is also missed by you. So play a song for the man today that touched us all so many times with his music and with his heart.
I miss you Merle, every single day. You’re everywhere I look and everything I hear. I know we are only apart for awhile. Love, Theresa”