Merle Haggard has pneumonia, cancels January tour dates

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2007 photo, singer Merle Haggard is photographed at his ranch at Palo Cedro, Calif., A concert promoter says country music legend Merle Haggard was hospitalized with an undisclosed illness this week in central Georgia. Promoter Mike Blackwell tells The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that a Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, concert in Columbus, Ga., has been canceled. He said the 74-year-old Haggard was hospitalized in Macon because of an illness. Tour manager Frank Mull says that Tuesday night's show at the Macon City Auditorium was abruptly canceled, seven minutes before it was to start. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Rich Pedroncelli

Merle Haggard is photographed at his ranch at Palo Cedro, Calif., on Oct. 2, 2007.
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(CBS/AP) MACON, Ga. - Country music legend Merle Haggard is in a Georgia hospital being treated for pneumonia and has had to cancel the rest of his January concert dates.

Publicist Tresa Redburn said she spoke to Haggard by phone Wednesday in his Macon hospital room.

The 74-year-old was taken to the hospital on Tuesday after canceling a Macon show on short notice. He had at least four more dates scheduled for the rest of this month, from Kentucky to Oklahoma.

Tour manager Frank Mull told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that Haggard has been sick since leaving his home in northern California last week.

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