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Merle Haggard on World Cafe (2003)
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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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Vince Gill & Paul Franklin On World Cafe
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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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All Songs Considered Holiday Music Special 2011
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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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"I realized what a mess I made out of my life, and I got out of there and stayed out of there. Never did go back," Merle Haggard says of his time in prison. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Merle Haggard Reflects On His Outlaw Country Past
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