Willie Nelson Pays Tribute to Merle Haggard with ‘He Won’t Ever Be Gone’



Today, the country music community is marking the one year anniversary of Merle Haggard’s passing. One of his closest friends and fellow country legend Willie Nelson chose this difficult day to release a fitting musical tribute to the Hag.

“He Won’t Ever Be Gone” describes the incredible friendships Merle had with Nelson and many others over his long and incredible career. The song’s simple but powerful video shows footage of Nelson and Merle’s son, Ben Haggard, recording the track. Those moments are set alongside vintage clips of Willie and Merle having a ball in the studio. It’s a reminder of just how much joy Merle brought into a room.

Watch the touching music video below.