A Portrait of Merle Haggard

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A Portrait of Merle Haggard
Studio album by Merle Haggard
Released September 2, 1969
Recorded June, August, November, December 1968, February, April, May 1969
Capitol Records Studio, Hollywood, CA
Genre Country
Label Capitol ST-319
Producer Ken Nelson
Merle Haggard chronology
Same Train, a Different Time (1969) A Portrait of Merle Haggard
Okie from Muskogee
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

A Portrait of Merle Haggard is the tenth studio album by American country singer Merle Haggard, released in 1969.

Two number one singles were contained on the album — "Workin' Man's Blues" and "Hungry Eyes" — both would become signature songs for Haggard.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Workin' Man Blues" (Haggard)
  2. "What's Wrong With Stayin' Home" (Bob Morris)
  3. "Silver Wings" (Haggard)
  4. "Who Do I Know in Dallas" (Hank Cochran, Willie Nelson)
  5. "She Thinks I Still Care" (Dickey Lee, Steve Duffy)
  6. "Hungry Eyes" (Haggard)
  7. "I Die Ten Thousand Times a Day" (Leon Payne)
  8. "Every Fool Has a Rainbow" (Haggard)
  9. "I Came So Close to Losing My Home" (Jimmie Davis, Ken Hunt)
  10. "Montego Bay" (Hank Cochran, Glen Martin)


  • Merle Haggard – vocals, guitar
  • James Burton – guitar, dobro
  • Roy Nichols – guitar, harmonica
  • Tommy Collins – guitar
  • Lewis Talley – guitar
  • Norm Hamlet – pedal steel guitar, dobro
  • George French – piano
  • Glen D. Hardin – piano
  • Bob Morris – bass
  • Leon Copeland – bass
  • Howard Lowe – bass
  • Roy Husky – bass
  • Chuck Berghofer – bass
  • James Gordon – drums
  • Eddie Burris – drums
  • Bonnie Owens – harmony vocals

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1970 Billboard Country albums 3
1970 Billboard Pop albums 99