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The Scoop 4-8
When a country song comes to life
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His life was a country music song.As a boy, his family home was made from an abandoned train car. As an adult, he spent time in prison, was married five times, and embraced the hours spent drinking women off his mind.He was country music legend Merle Haggard, who died Wednesday at age 79.My first experience listening to Merle came, fittingly enough, after my parents divorced. My dad, in one of his bold life decisions, bought a jukebox and loaded it with country music songs.Dad was never a country music fan before, but perhaps he thought he might get the house back and get the dog back if he listened to enough country songs.