Back in October of 2015, Merle Haggard gave what would become his final performance at the Grand Ole Opry.
Surprisingly, while a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Haggard was never inducted as a full member of the Opry. He did, however, grace the stage for numerous performances. Included among those, a surprise set as part of the Opry’s 90th anniversary on Oct. 17th, 2015 – check out his performance of “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”, below.
The one and only Merle Haggard passed away today, April 6th 2016, his 79th birthday from complications of pneumonia. Rest easy Merle, rest easy.