The Strangers (American band)

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The Strangers
OriginBakersfield, California, U.S.
GenresCountry, Western, Outlaw Country, Bakersfield Sound
Years active1960s–Present
LabelsCapitol, MCA, Epic, Curb, ANTI, Vanguard
MembersMerle Haggard
Renato Caranto
Doug Colosio
Jim Christie
Floyd Domino
Ben Haggard
Dana Haggard
Theresa Haggard
Norman Hamlet
Scott Joss
Taras Prodaniuk
Past membersBiff Adam
Johnny Barber
Jimmy Belkin
Eddie Burris
James Burton
Glen Campbell
Eddie Curtis
Iris DeMent
Terry Domingue
George French
Dennis Hromek
Joe Manuel
Abe Manuel
Will McGregor
Randy Mason
Tiny Moore
Don Markham
Marcia Nichols
Bonnie Owens
Fuzzy Owens
Ralph Mooney
Roy Nichols
Clint Strong
Gordon Terry
Jerry Ward
Bobby Wayne
Redd Volkaert
Mark Yeary
 
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The Strangers
OriginBakersfield, California, U.S.
GenresCountry, Western, Outlaw Country, Bakersfield Sound
Years active1960s–Present
LabelsCapitol, MCA, Epic, Curb, ANTI, Vanguard
MembersMerle Haggard
Renato Caranto
Doug Colosio
Jim Christie
Floyd Domino
Ben Haggard
Dana Haggard
Theresa Haggard
Norman Hamlet
Scott Joss
Taras Prodaniuk
Past membersBiff Adam
Johnny Barber
Jimmy Belkin
Eddie Burris
James Burton
Glen Campbell
Eddie Curtis
Iris DeMent
Terry Domingue
George French
Dennis Hromek
Joe Manuel
Abe Manuel
Will McGregor
Randy Mason
Tiny Moore
Don Markham
Marcia Nichols
Bonnie Owens
Fuzzy Owens
Ralph Mooney
Roy Nichols
Clint Strong
Gordon Terry
Jerry Ward
Bobby Wayne
Redd Volkaert
Mark Yeary

The Strangers is an American country band best known as the back-up band for singer-songwriter Merle Haggard. Formed in the 1960s in Bakersfield, California, the band continued to tour with original co-founding member Norman Hamlet, as well as Haggard's children Dana and Ben.

History[edit]

The group mainly served as the backup band for Haggard. However, from 1969 to 1973, it issued several records independent of Haggard. While most of the performers were contemporaries of Haggard in age or younger, some performers, notably Tiny Moore, were older performers in the country or western swing genres. Glen Campbell, who had a solo career as a singer and a short career leading a television variety show, began with the group. Pianist Mark Yeary penned many songs for Haggard. Horns joined the group for the first time in 1969 with Don Markham playing tenor saxophone and trumpet,[1] yet instrumentation mainly consisted of guitars, bass guitar, keyboard and drums.

Current members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "A Portrait of Merle Haggard - Merle Haggard & the Strangers". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 

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