Country music died today with Merle Haggard. But besides being a gifted musician and godfather of outlaw country Merle Haggard was a prince of a man.
Here is an excerpt about how he stopped a major tour so his dog and traveling companion could have puppies. From the back of Merle’s album, The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard.
“Let me tell you about a toy terrier. Her name’s WaWe. She replaced PeBe, Merle’s beloved dog, who was run down and is now buried on Merle’s California ranch. The way the story goes, WaWe traveled with Merle on his many concert tours. They were in the Southeast-and WaWe was going to have pups. So the show had to stop. Merle’s incredibly successful tour was delayed- right there on the spot. And everybody waited. Eventually, WaWe had three male puppies. (One of them, Pepper, is on the cover.)”
RIP to one of Country music’s last outlaws. Listen to Mama Tried by Merle below.