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Few artists have matched the impact that Merle Haggard has had on country music as both a singer and writer. Hank Williams, perhaps. Maybe Jimmie Rodgers or Bill Monroe. In a genre where performers and writers often are separated into distinct camps, Haggard has written the lion's share of his hits, and nearly all of the greatest ones--among them classics like "Swinging Doors," "The Bottle Let Me Down," "Mama Tried" and "Hungry Eyes.">

Born April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, California, Haggard had a childhood filled with the same kind of hardships that his songs would later contain. He lived part of childhood in a converted boxcar. He spent three years in San Quentin for burglary (California governor Ronald Reagan pardoned him in 1972). More --->

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