Released at the start of his career, Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" would eventually go on to become one of his signature songs. Haggard wrote the song himself, which is strongly influenced by his own relationship with his mother.
In the song, Haggard tells a semi-autobiographical tale of the pain he caused his mother when he went to jail in 1957. Like the mother in the song, Haggard's mother did everything she could to try and help her rebellious son, as the narrator sings "Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading I denied/That leaves only me to blame 'cause Mama tried."
Not only was "Mama Tried" a number one hit on the U.S. and Canadian country charts after its release, but was also chosen as the 1999 recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
Now, 48 years after it was released, "Mama Tried" is receiving another high honor, one that it has always deserved.
On Wednesday (Mar. 23), Variety reported that "Mama Tried" is one of 25 songs that have been selected for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
Songs chosen for induction were picked because of their "cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s aural legacy." Besides "Mama Tried" some of the other songs selected for induction include "Piano Man" by Billy Joel and "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.
We'd like to congratulate Haggard on such an incredible honor! Tune in below to watch him perform his iconic song.
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