Merle Haggard hospitalized with pneumonia, postpones 7 shows
Merle Haggard is hoping to be released in a few days from the hospital where he was admitted earlier this week to be treated for pneumonia, which forced the celebrated country singer and songwriter to postpone seven shows in several states, his spokeswoman said Thursday.
The 74-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member was admitted Tuesday to a hospital in Macon, Ga., shortly before he was to play in that city. He is hoping to be released in several days, Haggard’s spokeswoman said Thursday, adding that “he sounded in good spirits when I spoke to him yesterday.”
Shows that had been booked through January in Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas and Oklahoma are being moved to April, the spokeswoman said. Haggard is slated to return to Southern California for performances Feb. 29 at the Grove in Anaheim, March 1 at the Balboa Theater in San Diego and on March 3 at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs.
In 2008 he underwent surgery for lung cancer, subsequently was declared cancer-free and returned to his steady touring schedule. His latest album, “Working in Tennessee,” was released in October.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo: Merle Haggard during his performance at the 2010 Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. Credit: Gina Ferrazzi / Los Angeles Times.