Jim Hager and Jon Hager
|Born||August 30, 1941|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
|Died||Jim Hager: May 1, 2008 (aged 66) |
Jon Hager: January 9, 2009 (aged 67)
Nashville, Tennessee for both
|Other names||Hager Brothers|
|Occupation||country music singers and comedians|
The Hager Twins, also known as the Hager Brothers and The Hagers, were a duo of American country music singers and comedians who first gained fame on the TV series Hee Haw. They were identical twin brothers Jim (August 30, 1941—May 1, 2008) and Jon Hager (August 30, 1941—January 9, 2009).
The Hager brothers first sang in the church choir. As teenagers they sang on a Saturday morning WGN-TV series targeting others in their age group. Both brothers served in the United States Army and performed at Officers' Clubs and NCO Clubs in the United States and Europe.
After leaving the military, the Hager brothers moved to California and performed at the Ledbetter's Night Club in Los Angeles with The Carpenters, The New Christy Minstrels, John Denver, Steve Martin, and Kenny Rogers. They also worked at Disneyland, where Buck Owens saw them perform and signed them to contracts. The brothers served as opening acts for Owens, Tex Ritter, Wynn Stewart, Billie Jo Spears, and Lefty Frizzell.
They first came to national prominence on the CBS television series Hee Haw, on which both were cast members from 1969  to 1986. In 1979 they appeared on the nationally-syndicated New Soupy Sales Show, singing "Pizza Man."
The Hager brothers signed with Capitol Records in 1969 and hit the country charts with "Gotta Get To Oklahoma ('Cause California's Gettin' To Me)". They also charted Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings", which was the B-Side of Haggard's "Working Man Blues." In all, they recorded seven albums—three for Capitol, two for Elektra-Asylum,one for Barnaby Records, and one for Book Shop Records.
The brothers were featured in the second preview issue of Playgirl, February 1973.
In 1976, the brothers starred as Tony and Shep Thomas opposite Lillian Gish in the TV-movie Twin Detectives. They also appeared in TV commercials and with Florence Henderson in Country Kitchen on TNN.
The Hager Brothers also contributed to numerous charities.
|Two Hagers Are Better Than One|
|1971||Motherhood, Apple Pie and the Flag|
|1972||Music on the Country Side||Barnaby|
|1986||The Hagers||Book Shop International|
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1969||"Gotta Get to Oklahoma ('Cause California's Gettin' to Me)"||41||9||The Hagers (1970)|
|1970||"Loneliness Without You"||74||—|
|"Goin' Home to Your Mother"||50||—|
|"Silver Wings"||59||—||Two Hagers Are Better Than One|
|1971||"I'm Miles Away"||47||38|
|"White Line Fever"||—||—||Motherhood, Apple Pie and the Flag|
|1972||"Ain't No Sunshine"||—||—||Music on the Country Side|
|"The Cost of Love Is Getting Higher"||—||—|
|"I Just Don't Feel at Home"||—||—|
|1973||"A Fool Such as I"||—||—||single only|
|1974||"Love My Life Away"||—||—||The Hagers (1974)|
|"All Your Love"||—||—|
|1975||"Heartaches by the Number"||—||—||singles only|
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- Country musician Jim Hager dies at 66 - Yahoo! News