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Album Review

Culled from various recordings he made for MCA, What a Friend We Have in Jesus captures how Merle Haggard sounded during the late '70s, focusing on country gospel material. Although he doesn't sound particularly inspired throughout the album, Hag delivers a country gospel song as convincingly as anyone, and a few gems can be heard on the album.

Customer Reviews

pure gospel

great album of hymns, by the great Merle Haggard... a very nice change from the barroom songs we're used to. Simply sweet.

Georgia On My Mind Again

My Dad Merle Haggard is the Greatest Song/Story Teller That has ever lived if you really listen to the words of his music you would know those songs were really true life happenings going on his personal life or the Life of someone very close to him... He is and always was raised to be a God Fearing Man even today those standards are very much a part of his and Teresa home life. To know the Hag is to Love him in All his Colors. Jorgia Taylor Barker


Born: April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, CA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As a performer and a songwriter, Merle Haggard was the most important country artist to emerge in the 1960s, and he became one of the leading figures of the Bakersfield country scene in the '60s. While his music remained hardcore country, he pushed the boundaries of the music quite far. Like his idol, Bob Wills, his music was a melting pot that drew from all forms of traditional American music — country, jazz, blues, and folk — and in the process, developed a distinctive style of his...
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