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Merle Haggard

The Life and Times of a Badass Legend From holding his first guitar to "cheap thrills and bad decisions," see the legend through the years
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Merle Haggard
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Merle Haggard with his wife Theresa in 1998.

Haggard met his current wife, Theresa, when her mother persuaded her to come see Haggard perform, even though she was more of a ZZ Top fan. After the show, Theresa met Haggard's guitarist, Clint Strong, and the two went back to Strong's room. Haggard asked Strong to go to the bus and get a guitar. "He said, 'I'll take her up to the room, and we'll meet you up there,'" Theresa says. When Strong returned with the guitar, Haggard wouldn't let him in. "There's bangin' on the door, and it's Clint," Theresa says. "And Merle says, 'Get the fuck out of here! She's my woman now. You don't know how to treat a woman. Get the hell out of here, or I'm going to fire your ass.' I went on a month tour with him, and we were pretty much together."
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