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Merle Haggard, American Country Music Legend, Dead at 79

Merle Haggard, one of the most recognizable voices in American country music, died Wednesday — his 79th birthday — following a months-long bout with double pneumonia. Over the course of his career, Haggard released more than 80 albums, and 38 of his songs topped U.S. country music charts, including “Hungry Eyes,” Momma Tried,” and “Okie from Muskogee,” which became a rallying cry of sorts against the hippie subculture during the late 1960s. Haggard’s music centered primarily around his...

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