Whenever country artists collaborate with each other, the result is typically one that people will continue to talk about for years to come. So, when two country icons get together to share the stage or work together on a song, you can bet that that collaboration is one for the books.
One such history-making performance took place in the UK in 1988, when Tammy Wynette joined Merle Haggard on stage for a duet of one of his trademark tracks, “Okie from Muskogee.” Written by Haggard and Roy Edward Burris, the song was a number one hit following its release in 1969.
By the time Haggard and Wynette joined one another on stage for their “Okie” duet, they were both among the biggest names in the industry. So we’re pretty sure Haggard’s fans were pleasantly surprised when Wynette stepped out and joined him on stage during the middle of the song.
Haggard and Wynette were all smiles during their performance, as Wynette allowed her beautiful voice to harmonize with Haggard’s more rugged sound. The audience fed off of the energy they put out on stage, and clapped along to the music as they sang.
Once their performance was over, the crowd cheered with excitement while Haggard and Wynette shared a friendly embrace and a kiss. Then, as quickly as she came, Wynette made her exit, all to the thundering applause of the crowd.
You can see Haggard and Wynette’s historic collaboration on “Okie from Muskogee” in the video below.
We miss Haggard and Wynette very much, but we are happy that we have moments like this one, where we can remember them for years to come.