Although the late Merle Haggard, had a close network of friends, there has always been a very special connection between Merle and another legendary artist: Toby Keith.
The world was fortunate enough to see these two friends perform together on many memorable occasions.
One of the best times they shared is immortalized in this video featuring one of Merle’s final performances with Toby, singing “Okie From Muskogee” at the Mandalay Bay Ballroom in Las Vegas.
The truth is that Toby was not actually scheduled to play this gig with Merle.
By chance, he had happened to be in town on a trip with his wife; but when he’d heard that Merle was doing a show, Toby stopped in to see his friend perform. Because Merle hadn’t been feeling so well, Toby stepped in to help his friend finish out the show.
It wasn’t just a successful performance, but a magnificent one.
Country music may still be feeling the loss of Merle Haggard for some time to come, but the legacy that he has built -- not just in those he has influenced, but also in his good friends like Toby Keith -- will endure for a long time.
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