Haggard gets tribute treatment from ex-wife, Leona Williams
Thursday, June 19, 2008
– Merle Haggard is getting the tribute treatment from perhaps an unlikely source - his ex-wife. Leona Williams released "Leona Williams Sings Merle Haggard" on the recently formed Ah-Ha Music label. The disc is available on-line.
Williams helped write some of the songs, including "You Take Me For Granted." In the late 70's Williams first teamed up with Haggard to record "The Bull and the Beaver"; the song became a top 10 hit. The duo then followed it up with the album "Heart to Heart." The duo married a few years later and although they divorced in 1984, they remain friends.
A private album release/preview party will take place, appropriately, at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville on Thursday, June 19 and Williams will perform for the public the following night at the Nashville Palace. Country fans will be treated to additional performances by Ah-Ha Music label mates Crystal Sands and Carl Ray.
Williams has also written several songs for other well-known artists including Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Randy Travis and Connie Smith.
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