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Music For The Workin’ Man (And Woman) On Today’s Classic Double

Merle Haggard is one of the "Outlaws" of country music, and his music reflects working class Americans. On this day in 1969, Merle's "Workin' Man Blues" was the number one country song in the nation, and you'll hear it on today's "Country Classic Double" at 11:30 a.m.

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Merle Haggard On Today’s Classic Double

I usually like to save "Working Man Blues" by Merle Haggard for Labor Day's "Country Classic Double", but on this day back in 1969, the song entered the country charts on its way to number one. And to be fair, I'm sure if that song were recorded today it would include the working woman too.

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Merle Haggard Joins Twitter, Sends Bizarre Messages

“Hello Twitter. #FirstTweet.” That’s how Merle Haggard kicked off his new Twitter account yesterday afternoon — but after his inaugural greet tweet, things just got, well, kind of weird.

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Buck Owens Skips A Beat On The Double

Today we're honoring "The Bakersfield Sound", as it was called on our "Country Classic Double" at 11:30 a.m. We begin with Buck Owens and his number one song from 1964, "My Heart Skips A Beat". We finish up with Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues", a number one hit in 1969. The "Bakersfield Sound" was a certain style associated with artists from Bakersfield, California.

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Merle Haggard ‘Back on the Bus’ After Battle With Pneumonia

After a string of serious health issues and hospitalizations, 74-year-old Merle Haggard said in a statement on Wednesday that he’s “feeling good and ready to get back on the bus.” This comes after the Country Music Hall of Famer was hospitalized multiple times in the past few months, receiving treatment for double pneumonia, stomach ulcers, the removal of eight polyps from his colon and esophageal diverticulitis.

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Merle Haggard to Be Released From Hospital

Merle Haggard will be heading home to northern California soon. WMAZ in Macon, Ga. reports that the 74-year-old singer’s condition has improved and that he’ll be released shortly.

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Get Well Merle Haggard, On The Double

Today's "Country Classic Double" at 11:30 a.m. opens with a number one song from Merle Haggard back in 1969..."Workin' Man Blues". According to reports, Merle Haggard is said to be resting well in a Macon, Georgia hospital after being admitted for pneumonia earlier this week, before he was to perform.

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Merle Haggard On The Classic Double

Sometimes our "Country Classic Double", weekdays at 11:30 a.m. has a historic note. Today, we feature the number one song in the country back in 1969…Merle Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee”. The song stressed old-time values, which prompted the pop group the Youngbloods  to respond with its rock hit “Hippie for Olema”.

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Big Frog Salutes Mom – Top 5 Momma Songs [VIDEOS]

Big Frog salutes all moms this Frog Freebie Weekend.  Let's start with the Top 5 Momma songs of country music.  As David Alan Coe said, "it ain't the perfect country and western song unless it mentions mama."

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Mr. Haggard Goes To Washington

No, it's not a remake of the Jimmy Stewart classic but a celebration of Merle Haggards contribution to American culture.  Merle will be featured in a two-hour CBS special "The Kennedy Center Honors" tonight at 9.  The actual awards ceremony was held December 5th and featured performances from his pals Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson among others.

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