Although many people don’t realize it, Toby Keith was actually close friends with the late, great country star Merle Haggard. Toby saw Merle as a mentor and role model; the two played and sang on stage together many times.
They would even discuss new songs with one another, and share ideas to inspire each other. “He’s just such a part of my life,” Toby has said of the country legend.
One of the most beloved performances by these two was this live version of the inspiring anthem, “Some of Us Fly,” at a 2005 CMT Outlaws concert. Although pushing 70 at the time of this recording, Merle’s voice still had that perfect smooth quality that always set him apart from other artists.
We’re sure that Merle is singing with angels now, but we never get tired of remembering great performances like these, or of hearing Toby Keith’s stories about his late musical hero.
Reliving those fond memories of Merle will guarantee that he’ll always have a place in our hearts!
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