Merle Haggard, shown performing in 1985, was a country music fixture for 50 years. He died Wednesday, on his 79th birthday. Ebet Roberts/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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Country Legend Merle Haggard Dies At 79

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Merle Haggard on World Cafe (2003)

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Merle Haggard Still Dreams Of Hopping Trains

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String Metal, A Country Legend, LCD Soundsystem

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All Songs Considered Holiday Music Special 2011

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Vince Gill & Paul Franklin On World Cafe

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Merle Haggard Tries His Hand at Bluegrass

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The Happy Return of Christmas Oldies

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Three Guys Named Willie, Merle and Ray

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Charlie Louvin (right) and his brother Ira, a.k.a. The Louvin Brothers.

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World Cafe Looks Back: Country And Bluegrass

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Not coincidentally, Merle Haggard's "Working in Tennessee" documents a young ruffian who pulled himself up by his bootstraps.

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Working in Tennessee

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Country Album Pays Tribute to Louvin Brothers

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Merle Haggard Reflects On His Outlaw Country Past

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