Merle Haggard performs on stage during the 2015 Stagecoach Festival at the EmpireClub on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Indio, Calif.Haggard died of pneumonia, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Palo Cedro, Calif. He was 79
Merle Haggard performs on stage during the 2015 Stagecoach Festival at the EmpireClub on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Indio, Calif.Haggard died of pneumonia, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Palo Cedro, Calif. He was 79 Paul A. Hebert AP/Invision
Merle Haggard performs on stage during the 2015 Stagecoach Festival at the EmpireClub on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Indio, Calif.Haggard died of pneumonia, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Palo Cedro, Calif. He was 79 Paul A. Hebert AP/Invision
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