The Fightin' Side of Me (album)

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The Fightin' Side of Me
Live album by Merle Haggard and the Strangers
Released 1970
Recorded March 14, 1970 Philadelphia's Civic Center Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Genre Country
Label Capitol
Producer Ken Nelson
Merle Haggard and the Strangers chronology
Okie From Muskogee
(1969)
The Fightin' Side of Me
(1970)
A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World (or, My Salute to Bob Wills)
(1970)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (C+)[2]

The Fightin' Side of Me is an album by Merle Haggard and the Strangers, released in 1970. Like the song "Okie from Muskogee" led to a quickly released album, The Fightin' Side of Me was also quickly released because of the run of success of Haggard's patriotic hit single "The Fightin' Side of Me".

The Fightin' Side of Me was recorded live in Philadelphia, on Valentine's Day 1970. The show also included Kitty Wells, Hank Snow, and Tommy Collins although they are not included on this recording. Merle does a medley of convincing impersonations including Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, Johnny Cash, and Buck Owens.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Merle Haggard unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Introduction by Carlton Haney" – 1:15
  2. "I Take a lot of Pride in what I Am" – 1:52
  3. "Corrine, Corrina" (J. Williams, Bo Chatmon) – 2:24
  4. "Every Fool Has a Rainbow" – 2:29
  5. "T. B. Blues" (Jimmie Rodgers) – 2:12
  6. "When Did Right Become Wrong" (Tommy Collins) – 2:44
  7. "Philadelphia Lawyer" (Woody Guthrie) – 2:55
  8. "Stealin' Corn" (Roy Nichols, Norm Hamlet) – 1:28
  9. "Harold's Super Service" (B. Wayne) – 2:05
  10. "Medley of Impersonations: Devil Woman, I'm Movin' On, Folsom Prison Blues, Jackson, Orange Blossom Special, Love's Gonna Live Here" – 5:02
  11. "Today I Started Loving You Again" – 2:00
  12. "Okie from Muskogee" (Merle Haggard, Eddie Burris) – 2:48
  13. "The Fightin' Side of Me" – 2:45

Personnel[edit]

  • Merle Haggard – vocals, guitar
  • Roy Nichols – lead guitar
  • Bobby Wayne - rhythm guitar, harmony vocals
  • Norman Hamlet – pedal steel guitar, dobro
  • Dennis Hromek – bass, background vocals
  • Biff Adam – drums
  • Bonnie Owens – background vocals
  • Chubby Wise - fiddle

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1970 Billboard Country albums 1

References[edit]