Okie from Muskogee

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Okie from Muskogee
Live album by Merle Haggard and the Strangers
Released December 29, 1969
Recorded 1969, The Civic Center, Muskogee, OK
Genre Country
Length 44:20
Label Capitol
Producer Fuzzy Owen
Merle Haggard and the Strangers chronology
A Portrait of Merle Haggard
(1969)
Okie from Muskogee (1969) The Fightin' Side of Me
(1969)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B)[2]

Okie from Muskogee is the 11th studio album by Merle Haggard and the Strangers, released in 1969.[3] The album won the Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year in 1969. Haggard also won Single of the Year for "Okie from Muskogee" as well as Top Male Vocalist.

Haggard has stated that the title song on this album is somewhat of a satire.[4] This album was recorded live in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Originally released in 1969 it was re-released in 1992, 1996, 1997, 2005, and 2006 on other labels.

In the song, Haggard states that Muskogee is a place "where even squares can have a ball."

The song was later parodied by The Youngbloods as "Hippie From Olema", by Patrick Sky, and by Chinga Chavin as "Asshole from El Paso". Kinky Friedman later covered "Asshole from El Paso", while the Melvins covered "Okie", on their album The Crybaby, with Hank Williams III providing vocals.

In 2010, the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce posted the song on YouTube in celebration of the song's 40th Anniversary.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Merle Haggard unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Introduction by Carlton Haney" –  :35
  2. "Mama Tried" – 2:25
  3. "No Hard Times" (Jimmie Rodgers) – 2:20
  4. "Silver Wings" – 2:39
  5. "Merle Receives Key to Muskogee" – 1:20
  6. "Merle's Introduction to Medley" – :23
  7. "Swinging Doors" – 1:16
  8. "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" (Liz Anderson, Casey Anderson) – 1:37
  9. "Sing Me Back Home" – 1:24
  10. "Branded Man" – 2:18
  11. "In the Arms of Love" (Buck Owens, Gene Price) – 2:08
  12. "Workin' Man Blues" – 2:35
  13. "Merle's Introduction to "Hobo Bill"" – 1:07
  14. "Hobo Bill's Last Ride" (Waldo Lafayette O'Neal) – 2:38
  15. "Billy Overcame His Size" – 3:05
  16. "If I Had Left It Up to You" – 2:36
  17. "White Line Fever" – 3:03
  18. "Blue Rock" (Norman Hamlet, Roy Nichols) – 1:09
  19. "Introduction to Okie from Muskogee" – 1:47
  20. "Okie from Muskogee" (Merle Haggard, Eddie Burris) – 4:05

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1970 Billboard Country albums 1
1970 Billboard Pop albums 46

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  3. ^ Allmusic entry for Okie from Muskogee. Retrieved December 2009.
  4. ^ Wolff, Kurt, "Country Music: The Rough Guide," Rough Guides Ltd., London; Penguin Putnam, New York, distributor. p. 424 (ISBN 1-85828-534-8)
  5. ^ "Muskogee Chamber of Commerce-Okie From Muskogee". YouTube. 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2013-04-06.