Merle Haggard performing at Apollo

May 27, 1998

Merle Haggard

Country entertainer Merle Haggard will give two shows Sunday, May 31, at Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg, W.Va. Shows are at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

The singer, songwriter and musician was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. Haggard, 61, whose nickname is The Hag, has written hundreds of songs, including "Mama Tried," "Sing Me Back Home" and "Mama's Hungry Eyes."

His work has set a standard for countless other performers and made him a legend.

Consider the statistics:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> More than 40 of his singles have reached No. 1 in the major trade magazines.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> His song "(Today) I Started Loving You Again" has been recorded by more than 400 artists. That song, his "Okie From Muskogee" and "Big City" each have been played more than a million times.


HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> He has released more than 65 albums.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> His honors include 18 awards from Academy of Country Music, including male vocalist and entertainer of the year; six awards from Country Music Association, including top male vocalist and entertainer of the year; eight awards from Cash Box; four awards from Record World and six awards from Music City News, including the Living Legend Award. He won a Grammy Award in 1984 for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> His music was part of the Apollo 16 mission to the moon, by way of a custom recording requested by the crew.

- Teri Johnson, Staff Writer


'The Hag' in concert

When: Sunday, May 31, 6 and 8:30 p.m.

Where: Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

Tickets: $35

For information: Call JDA Productions Inc. at 301-714-0134 or 1-304-263-8590.

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