Flashback : Dallas

merle_lefty_corsicanaMerle and Lefty, in Corsicana

by Paula Bosse

The great Merle Haggard died today, on his 79th birthday. My earliest music memories are hearing his songs on the radio. Even people who don’t listen to country  music know who Merle Haggard is (and are probably fans).

One of his idols was Lefty Frizzell, the Corsicana-born legend whose first hits were recorded in Dallas. Merle helped raise the funds in the late ’80s and early ’90s for the wonderful statue of Lefty which now stands in Jester Park in Corsicana. The picture above shows Merle visiting the statue. (Whenever I’m in Corsicana, I always drop by Jester Park to spend some time with Lefty.)

As far as Merle and Dallas, the earliest mention I could find was this one, from Jan. 30, 1965. Country music was covered only sporadically in the pages of The Dallas Morning News back then, but this may have been Merle’s first…

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