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.
Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.
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