SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Country music legend Merle Haggard has died on his 79th birthday.
"The working man's poet", as Haggard was known, is responsible for recording some 38 number one hits during his half century career. And he wrote dozens of other hits for fellow artists like Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, even the Grateful Dead.
Haggard's trip to fame took him from a prison cell at San Quentin to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
A big part of his popularity was his sense of national pride which came out in songs like, "Okie from Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home."
Haggard died of double pneumonia at his home in California.
His next show was actually scheduled to take place in Savannah in June.
Folks who bought tickets will get a full refund. The Savannah Civic Center says that credit card purchases with be refunded directly. In-person purchases will need to be redeemed at the Civic Center.