Merle Haggard being released from hospital
Merle Haggard is being released today, Jan. 20, from the hospital in Macon, Ga., where he was admitted earlier this week to be treated for pneumonia. Doctors expect the 74-year-old country singer and songwriter to make a full recovery and be able to resume his touring schedule in February after having to postpone seven shows this month to get treatment for his illness, his spokeswoman said Friday.
Shows that had been booked through January in Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas and Oklahoma will be rescheduled in April, the spokeswoman said. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has dates on tap in Southern California on Feb. 29 at the Grove in Anaheim, March 1 at the Balboa Theater in San Diego and March 3 at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs.
Photo of Merle Haggard at his ranch in Palo Cedro, Calif., in 2007. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press.