Country legend Merle Haggard has passed away on his 79th birthday due to complications of pneumonia. After a misspent youth landed him in prison, one of Johnny Cash’s famous sets for inmates inspired him to take up country music and turn his life around. His troubled past became an inspiration for his music and his image and he went on to pioneer the “Bakersfield Sound” whose rough around the edges approach was a big contrast to most country music at the time. His big hits such as ‘Okie from Muskogee’ and ‘The Fightin’ Side of Me’ contrasted the popular anti-Vietnam sentiments of the time and made him a household name. He had a massive impact on Country music and the whole genre is reeling from his sad loss.