On Wednesday, country music legend Merle Haggard died on his 79th birthday. In the immediate aftermath of the sad news, stories of the troubadour's wild life have spread quickly. One of our favorite anecdotes comes courtesy of Jefferson Cowie's Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class, in which Haggard relates the story of the time his band played the Nixon White House "hung over, dead on our feet, and walking around in the daze."
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The start of the great story of Merle Haggard at the Nixon White House (from Jeff Cowie's outstanding Stayin' Alive) pic.twitter.com/ob32iu1kTG— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) April 6, 2016