Country music legend Merle Haggard dead at 79

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Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard, whose music struck a chord with country music fans with tales of hard luck and hard living, died today at his home near Redding, Calif., at the age of 79 on his birthday.

Haggard helped create what became known as the “Bakersfield sound” along with fellow superstar Buck Owens in the 1960s and 1970s. Haggard's hits included “Okie From Muskogee,” “Working Man Blues,” “That's The Way Love Goes,” “I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink” and “Mama Tried,” for which he won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999.

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