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Grammy Special: Merle Haggard

Dozens of songs written by Merle Haggard have been in the Top 10.
Dozens of songs written by Merle Haggard have been in the Top 10.

Country music legend Merle Haggard is set to receive a 2006 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in a ceremony held the day before the Feb. 8 awards show. Haggard has been on the country music scene since the early 1960s.

Two tribute albums of his songs have been released: Mama's Hungry Eyes and Tulare Dust. Haggard is already an inductee of the Country Music Hall of Fame. This interview originally aired on Aug. 14, 1995.

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