Like the rest of the country music world, Dolly Parton is taking the death of her friend Merle Haggard pretty hard.
Both members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the two country icons were really big fans of each other as songwriters, too.
Dolly said in a statement, “We’ve lost one of the greatest writers and singers of all time. His heart was as tender as his love ballads. I loved him like a brother. Rest easy, Merle.”
You can clearly see Dolly and Merle’s affection for each other in the late ’80s collaboration from the TV variety show, “Dolly.” It’s a medley of Merle’s hits “Workin’ Man Blues,” “Swingin’ Doors,” “Today I Started Loving You Again” and “Okie from Muskogee.”
Merle passed away on his 79th birthday, April 6, after a long bout with pneumonia.