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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 with his daughter Janesa at their home in August of 2009.

Theresa didn't believe she could have kids, so when she got pregnant in 1989 she says, "It was a blessing." They named their daughter Jenessa, the name came to Haggard in a dream, and moved off the houseboat to the ranch full time. "We got worried the baby might fall overboard," Theresa says. "So Merle fixed up a cabin at the end of the property, and we moved in after he brought me home from the hospital."
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