Country Throwback: Watch Merle Haggard’s Son Nail ‘Silver Wings’ in 2011 Tribute

by Emily Morgan

Marty Haggard, son of the late country music outlaw Merle Haggard, continues to follow in his father’s country music footsteps.

In 2011, Marty performed an emotional rendition of one of his Father’s songs: “Silver Wings.” Released in 1969, the song waone of his father’s most recognizable songs. Merle included the song on his album, A Portrait of Merle Haggard. 

The record also included other smash hits including, “Workin’ Man Blues” and “Hungry Eyes.” 

Due to his father’s country music success, Marty grew up surrounded by country music’s biggest stars. As he got older, Marty took his father’s musical influence and started a singing and songwriting career. In 1983, he began touring with his father, which resulted in Marty signing multiple record deals. 

Merle Haggard’s Son Dedicates Album to Late Father

In 2010, Marty decided to take a break from creating his original music. Instead, he decided to record an album dedicated to his father. Since releasing the heartfelt homage, Marty travels around the country, paying tribute to the man he got to call Dad.

In an interview with Uncut magazine, Merle Haggard recalled the story of the mournful song. “It was written on a plane, a 707 coming out of Phoenix, Arizona going to LA with Bonnie Owens,” he said. “I looked out and those silver wings were just gleaming. I thought, ‘What a great premise for a song.'”

While Merle never released the somber song as a single, it became extremely popular with fans nonetheless. 

Marty’s performance is full of poetic justice: his son is the perfect person to pay tribute to a country music great. The late country signer’s memory continues to live on through the unmatched music he left behind and those who play his songs in remembrance of him. 

According to Marty’s website, he feels privileged to have had a father he described as “the best country singer-songwriter ever.”