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Merle Haggard

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Biography

Merle Ronald Haggard, born April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, California is an American country music singer and songwriter. He has become one of the true giants of country music, and along with Buck Owens helped create the Bakersfield Sound, which is characterized by the unique twang of Telecaster guitars, harmonies, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville recordings of the time. After spending his early life drifting in and out of jail Merle attended three of Johnny Cash's concerts at San Quentin Prison. Seeing Cash perform inspired Haggard to straighten up and pursue his singing career.

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Top Songs

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  1.  
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    The first thing I remember knowing,
    Was a lonesome whistle blowing,
    And a young un's dream of growing up to ride,
    On a freight train leaving town,
    Not knowing where I'm bound,
    Mama Tried  -  271,856 plays
  2.  
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    We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee
    We don't take our trips on LSD
    We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street
    We like livin' right, and bein' free
    We don't make a party out of lovin'
    Okie from Muskogee  -  211,242 plays
  3.  
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    Always wanting you but never having you
    Makes it hard to face tomorrow
    'Cause I know I'll be wanting you again
    Always loving you but never touching you
    Sometimes hurts me almost more than I can stand
    Always Wanting You  -  116,995 plays
  4.  
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    Could be holding you tonight
    Could quit doing wrong, start doin' right
    You don't care about what I think
    I think I'll just stay here and drink
    Hey, puttin' you down, don't square no deal
    I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink  -  96,183 plays
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    It's a big job gettin' by with nine kids and a wife
    You know I've been a workin' man dang near all my life
    I'll keep on working long as my two hands are fit to use
    I drink my beer at a tavern and sing a little bit of these working man blues
    Well, I keep my nose on the grindstone, work hard every day
    Workin' Man Blues  -  90,307 plays
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