Norm Hamlet

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Norm Hamlet
Birth nameNorm Hamlet
Occupation(s)Steel guitarist
InstrumentsSteel guitar
Pedal Steel Guitar
Years active1949–present

Norm Hamlet is an American steel guitarist and a member of Merle Haggard's The Strangers band for the past 49 years.[1][2][3]

Hamlet was born on February 27, 1935 in Woodville, California.[2][3] He began playing guitar in his teens and played throughout North Central California for a number of years with several groups, before going to Bakersfield, California in 1965 where he became an influential part of the Bakersfield sound.[3] He has won many awards, including induction into the Western Swing Society hall of fame in Sacramento, California and the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.[3]

In 2005 Hamlet had quadruple heart bypass surgery and recovered well at his home in Bakersfield, California. As of October 18, 2015, Hamlet continued to tour with Haggard until Haggard's death in April 2016 and is now touring with Haggard's sons, Noel and Ben.


  1. ^ Erlewine, Michael (July 1997). All music guide to country: the experts' guide to the best recordings in country music. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 191–194. ISBN 978-0-87930-475-1. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b Terry Downs: The Strangers,, n.d., downloaded May 6, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d The Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame, Inc.: Steel Guitar Hall of Fame,, 2012.