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    • Merle Haggard - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 26: (L-R) Jimmy Fortune, Sonny Curtis, and Merle Haggard attends the Buddy Holly tribute collection discussion at Hilton Downtown Nashville on August 26, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • Merle Haggard - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 26: (L-R) T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune, Sonny Curtis, and Merle Haggard attend the Buddy Holly tribute collection discussion at Hilton Downtown Nashville on August 26, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • Merle Haggard - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 26: (L-R) David Frizzell, Helen Cornelius, T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune, Sonny Curtis, and Merle Haggard attend the Buddy Holly tribute collection discussion at Hilton Downtown Nashville on August 26, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • Merle Haggard - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 26: Sonny Curtis and Merle Haggard attends the Buddy Holly tribute collection discussion at Hilton Downtown Nashville on August 26, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • Merle Haggard - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 26: Merle Haggard attends the Buddy Holly tribute collection discussion at Hilton Downtown Nashville on August 26, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • Merle Haggard - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 26: T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune, Sonny Curtis, and Merle Haggard attends the Buddy Holly tribute collection discussion at Hilton Downtown Nashville on August 26, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • Merle Haggard - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 26: (L-R) David Frizzell, Helen Cornelius, T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune, Sonny Curtis, and Merle Haggard attend the Buddy Holly tribute collection discussion at Hilton Downtown Nashville on August 26, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • Merle Haggard - LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musician Merle Haggard performs 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.
    • Merle Haggard - LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musician Merle Haggard performs 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.
    • Merle Haggard - LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musicians 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.
    • Merle Haggard - LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musicians 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.
    • Merle Haggard - LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musician Merle Haggard performs 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.
    • Merle Haggard - LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musicians 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.
    • Merle Haggard - LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musician Merle Haggard performs 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.
    • Merle Haggard - LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musicians 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.
    • Merle Haggard - LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musicians 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.
    • Merle Haggard - LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musicians 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.
    • Merle Haggard - LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Musician Merle Haggard performs onstage at ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • Merle Haggard - LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musicians 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.
    • Merle Haggard - LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musicians 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.
    As a performer and a songwriter, Merle Haggard was the most important country artist to emerge in the 1960s, and he became one of the leading figures of the Bakersfield country scene in the '60s. While his music remained hardcore country, he pushed the boundaries of the music quite far. Like his idol, Bob Wills, his music was a melting pot that drew from all forms of traditional American music -- ...more


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