Country music living legend Merle Haggard turns 78 today. Here’s one of his early hits, “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive,” as performed on fellow Bakersfield musician Buck Owens’ Ranch Show in 1966. That’s Bonnie Owens, Buck’s ex and at this point Merle’s new wife, singing harmony. Small world.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.