Photo Gallery: Merle Haggard Through the Years

Although “The Fugitive” is one of the few Merle Haggard hits that he didn’t personally write, much of his life might be captured in the familiar lyrics, “Down every road there’s always one more city.”

The Country Music Hall of Fame member died Wednesday (April 6) at age 79. Canceling and rescheduling concert dates after being hospitalized in December with double pneumonia, Haggard was an unrepentant road warrior who thrived on touring and performing. Along the way, he became a friend and an inspiration to countless country singers, songwriters and musicians, but he also rubbed shoulders with presidents, shared stages with Keith Richards and Jerry Lee Lewis and became a Kennedy Honors recipient alongside Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey.

Here’s a look at some of the people he encountered during a colorful career that’s likely to be unmatched by any future country artist.

Visiting President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970:  Photo of Merle Haggard  Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Sharing a Moment With Loretta Lynn

UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01:  Photo of Merle HAGGARD and Loretta LYNN; w/Merle Haggard  (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns) Ebet Roberts/Redferns

Hanging Out Backstage With Johnny Paycheck in 1980

Johnny Paycheck and Merle Haggard at Countryside Opry, Chicago, Illinois, October 31, 1980. (Photo by Kirk West/Getty Images) Kirk West/Getty Images

Backstage With Vince Gill and Actress Jane Seymour at the 1994 ACM Awards

Country Singers Vince Gill and Merle Haggard and Actress Jane Seymour attend the 29th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on May 3, 1994 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage) Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

Spending Couch Time on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in 1996

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 841 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guest Merle Haggard during an interview with host Jay Leno on January 15, 1996 -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

On the Set of the Video Shoot for Marty Stuart’s 2003 Single, “Farmer’s Dream”

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Onstage and Offstage With Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lew Lewis and Kid Rock at the 2004 Outlaws & Angels Concert Taping

Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, Keith Richards and Willie Nelson (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for NBC Universal Photo Department) M. Caulfield/WireImage for NBC Universal Photo Department
Merle Haggard, Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis and Kid Rock (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for NBC Universal Photo Department) M. Caulfield/WireImage for NBC Universal Photo Department

With Hank Williams Jr. at the 2006 BMI Awards in Nashville

Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Jr. during 54th Annual BMI Country Awards - Show at BMI Offices in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage for BMI Nashville) Rick Diamond/WireImage for BMI Nashville

Onstage With Willie Nelson and Ray Price During the 2007 Last of a Breed Tour

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 16: Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price perform part of The Last of a Breed Tour at The Backyard on March 16, 2007 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images) Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

With Miranda Lambert at the Second Annual ACM Honors Ceremony in 2009 in Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 22: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Singer-songwriters Miranda Lambert and Poet's Award recipient Merle Haggard at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on September 22, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM

At the 2010 Kennedy Honors Gala With Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, Dancer/Choreographer Bill T. Jones and Broadway Composer /Lyricist Jerry Herman

WASHINGTON, D.C. - DECEMBER 04:  The 2010 Kennedy Center honorees pose for their formal class photo following the formal Artist's Dinner at the United States Department of State in Washington, D.C. on December 4, 2010.  Top row, from left to right: Merle Haggard, Bill T. Jones, and Sir Paul McCartney. Bottom row, from left to right: Jerry Herman and Oprah Winfrey. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images). Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

With Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson at the 2014 Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 26: Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson on the Red Carpet during THE 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS music industry's premier event takes place Sunday, Jan. 26 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on the CBS Television Network.  (Photo by Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images) Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images

Receiving the ACM Crystal Milestone Award From Garth Brooks in 2014

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06:  Singer/songwriter Merle Haggard (R) accepts the ACM Crystal Milestone Award from recording artist Garth Brooks during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Sharing the Stage With George Strait at the ACM’s All-Star Salute to the Troops in 2014

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07:  Recording artists George Strait (L) and Merle Haggard perform onstage during ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ACM) Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ACM

Being Honored with the Artist of a Lifetime Award at the 2014 CMT Artists of the Year Ceremony With Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and Host Larry the Cable Guy

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 02:  Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Merle Haggard, Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, Larry the Cable Guy, and Brian Kelley of Florida Georiga line attend the 2014 CMT Artists Of The Year at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on December 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 02:  Keith Urban and Merle Haggard attend the 2014 CMT Artists Of The Year at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on December 2, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT