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Officials at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame outlined plans to honour the singer five years ago, but they have only recently been granted permission to erect the bronze sculpture of Haggard sitting on a bench with his guitar case outside the Muskogee Civic Center, where the star recorded his first live album, Okie From Muskogee, in 1969. Following Haggard's death on 6 April , OMHOF bosses have been in talks with the musician's estate executors, who have expressed an interest in expanding the monument, with a piece designed by the star himself. Comment?
The news emerges days after Haggard cancelled all scheduled shows for April , as his doctors had ordered him to rest up following his hospitalisation in January , when his bout of double pneumonia returned. He had previously been hospitalised for the same ailment in December . Comment?
Simpson, 81, passed away at a hospital in Bakersfield, California, weeks after suffering a heart attack while on tour in December . Born Joseph Simpson in Arizona, his family moved to Bakersfield when he was a child and he wrote his first song at the age of 14. He was discovered performing at a local club by Fuzzy Owen and invited to become the piano player at his Wagon Wheel venue in Lamont, where he met Buck Owens . Comment?
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