An iconic figure in country music is struggling with a serious health problem in a California hospital. The AP reports that Merle Haggard is being treated for a recurring bout of double pneumonia.
Concerts Haggard had scheduled this month have been postponed.
“The 78-year-old singer had also canceled some dates in February because he was still feeling weak from a previous case of pneumonia in both lungs, but then returned to the stage last month,” the AP notes.
Haggard is known for his role in originating country music’s “Bakersfield sound.” He has had a string of chart-topping country hits, including his trademark song “Okie From Muskogee” and other quintessentials such as “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” “Mama Tried,” “Hungry Eyes” and “Daddy Frank.”
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