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Veteran songwriter Steve Forbert has recorded a tribute to the legendary Jimmie Rodgers for Koch records, "Any Old Time," produced by Garry Tallent, the bassist with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. The session, which will be released on Oct. 8, present
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Country Music News

Jeff Rymes, vocalist-guitarist for Lonesome Strangers, born in Greeley, Colo., 1954. Gladys Presley, Elvis' mother, died, 1958. Johnny Cash's single "A Boy Named Sue" certified gold, his first gold record, 1969.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(Aug. 4)
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Country Music News

Betty Jack Davis, one-time singing partner of Skeeter Davis, died in 1953. Garth Brooks' debut album, "Garth Brooks," certified gold in 1990. Merle Haggard recorded "Someone Told My Story" in 1966.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(Aug. 3)
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Country Music News

The Carter Family made their first recordings in Bristol, Tenn., in 1927. Ramblin' Jack Elliott born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1931. Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records in 1958. Merle Haggard recorded his first No. 1 single "The Fugitive" in 1966.
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Heartland -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

NASHVILLE, July 25 (UPI) -- "I'm just a singer with a bad attitude and a character flaw."
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Nanci Griffith born in 1954. Merle Haggard recorded the No. 1 single "Okie from Muskogee" in 1969. Dollywood opened in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in 1986.
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Gordon "Commander Cody" Frayne born in 1944. Kenny Rogers quit The New Christy Minstrels to form The First Edition in 1967. Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson's "Pancho & Lefty" album certified gold in 1983.
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David Ball was born in 1953. Merle Haggard recorded Top Ten single "I Can't Be Myself" in 1970. Carl Smith and June Carter wed in 1952.
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Johnny Lee born in 1946. Aaron Tippin born in 1958. Alison Krauss joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1993. Trigger, Roy Rogers' horse, died at age 33 in 1965.
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Heartland -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Lane Brody has the voice, visage and spirit of an angel and a natural gift for singing and performing. Even when Brody's uncompromising artistic vision led her
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, June 26 (UPI) -- TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (June 26)
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Celebrities in the news for June 4, 2002
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Merle Haggard
President Ronald and Mrs. Nancy Reagan enjoy the music of Merle Haggard during a concert at Rancho Sierra Grande. (UPI PHOTO/Larry Rubenstein/FILES)
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Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country music singer, guitarist, instrumentalist, and songwriter.

Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band "The Strangers" helped create the Bakersfield Sound, which is characterized by the unique twang of Fender Telecaster guitars, vocal harmonies, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville Sound recordings of the same era. By the 1970s, Haggard was aligned with the growing outlaw country movement, and has continued to release successful albums through the 1990s and into the 2000s. His songs display unflinching personal honesty about such universal themes as love, loss, patriotism, regret and redemption.

In 1997, Merle Haggard was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame for his song Okie from Muskogee.

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