Country musician Merle Haggard, who died Wednesday at age 79, overcame early brushes with the law — and was pardoned by Ronald Reagan. He's seen here backstage in the late 1970's, for a taping of the Merv Griffin Show in Los Angeles. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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At 83, 'Songwriter-Singer' Loretta Lynn Comes 'Full Circle'

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Near Wins, And Not Quites: How Almost Winning Can Be Motivating

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Producer Billy Sherrill Brought Pop's Passion And Sheen To The Honky-Tonk

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Raeanne Rubenstein first photographed Johnny Cash at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. "It was just the most amazing experience," she says. Raeanne Rubenstein hide caption

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Meeting Country Music's Superstars: Behind Each Portrait, A Story

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Slim Whitman arriving at Heathrow Airport in 1976. Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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Country Singer Slim Whitman, Known For His Yodel, Dies

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Country Star George Jones Dies

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