Merle Haggard is known as one of the most talented musicians in country music. You may not have known that he’s actually quite the talented impressionist.
Don’t believe me? Take a look at this video taken from a segment of The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which ran on CBS from the late 1960’s to the early ’70s. In the clip, you’ll see the much younger versions of Haggard and Campbell chatting it up onstage as Haggard goes through his impressions of some of the most well-known musicians in country.
“Truthfully, I can’t hardly do a show without gettin’ asked for ’em anymore,” Haggard says before he begins his imitations of Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins and Hank Snow.
Both Campbell and the audience are tickled by his incredibly spot-on versions of each performers. Not only does Haggard perfectly imitate their sounds, but also nails each musician’s performance styles, right down to their facial expressions.
The best part of this video begins around the half-way mark, when Haggard gets a few unexpected visitors wanting to join in on the fun. It’s an awesome moment that shows the incredible talent of country music at the time and is sure to bring a smile to the faces of country fans of all ages.
Watch the clip below to see Merle Haggard show off his incredibly entertaining talents.