When Merle Haggard passed away on April 6, 2016, he left behind an extensive musical legacy for us to remember him by. Carrying the torch where he left off, his three sons, Marty, Noel, and Ben, have been paying tribute to their father in order to help keep his legacy alive.
Stepping on stage together on Country's Family Reunion, Merle's three sons paid tribute to him in a special dedicated in his honor. They sang some of his most notable works, including his number one single, "Hungry Eyes."
"Hungry Eyes," although not completely autobiographical, was partially inspired by Merle's own life. After his father passed away when Merle was nine, his mother had to make a lot of sacrifices for her family. Merle also wrote the song as a tribute to those who were forced to live in labor camps during the Great Depression.
The story told in "Hungry Eyes" resonated with a lot of people when Merle released it, which is why it went on to become one of his most well-respected works. So when it came time to perform on the Country's Family Reunion special, one of Merle's sons honored his father through a heartfelt performance of the song.
Merle's oldest son, Marty, was the one who led the charge on "Hungry Eyes." While Noel and Ben sat off to the side, Marty reached deep into his soul as he sang the powerful words his father wrote so many years ago.
Every now and then, you can hear a hint of Merle in Marty's voice, which makes his performance even more meaningful to listen to. See for yourself in the clip below.
We think Merle's legacy is in good hands with Marty, Noel, and Ben keeping him alive through his incredible songs.
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