Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens: A 51-year love story that transcended marriage and divorce

Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens
Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens

A calming sensation fills your mind as you listen to Merle Haggard‘s magical voice. It has been four years since the country music icon breathed his last on April 6, 2016 — his 79th birthday — but his songs continue to make the day a little merrier.

Paying tribute to Grammy winner, A&E is all set to air a documentary, titled ‘Merle Haggard: Salute to a Country Legend’, for the country singer, songwriter, guitarist and fiddler. With songs like ‘Workin’ Man Blues’, ‘Sing Me Back Home’, ‘I Think I’ll Just Stay Here’ and ‘Silver Wings’, Haggard continues to live in the hearts of music lovers. Not just his singing prowess, but his personal relationships were also much talked about.

Did you know Haggard married five times? The singer first walked the aisle with Leona Hobbs at the age of 19. From 1956 to 1964, they were together for eight years and had four children, Dana, Marty, Kelli and Noel. 

Soon after he divorced Hobbs, he found love in the arms of singer Bonnie Owens and married her in the year 1965. Their relationship struck the chord with all of their fans and Haggard even credited her for helping him with his music career and shared the writing credit for his song, ‘Today I Started Loving You Again’. While playing on stage, he also said the track chronicled a sudden burst of feelings for her while touring together. She was the headliner while Haggard was the up-and-comer as they crooned melodious hits.

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