#MerleHaggard, who over six decades composed and performed one of the greatest...

#MerleHaggard, who over six decades composed and performed one of the greatest r…

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#MerleHaggard, who over six decades composed and performed one of the greatest repertoires in country music, capturing the American condition with his stories of the poor, the lost, the working class, heartbroken and hard-living, died at his home in California today, on his 79th birthday. In American and country music, few artists loomed larger. #Haggard’s career spanned 38 Number One #country hits, and his rough hard-edged style influenced country and rock & roll artists from #WaylonJennings and #GramParsons to #JameyJohnson and #EricChurch. As a songwriter, #WillieNelson called him “one of the best.” Photograph by Chelsea Lauren

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