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10 p.m. Dec. 12 & 13, 2013.
County music outlaw Merle Haggard brings his Bakersfield sound to Las Vegas for two nights only.
As a performer and songwriter, Merle Haggard is among the most important country artists to emerge in the 1960s.
He and his band, The Stranglers, helped created the Bakersfield sound, which borrowed elements from rock 'n' roll. The new genre was a reaction against the Nashville sound, gaining popularity in the late '50s.
In 1963, Haggard recorded "Sing a Sad Song" for Tally Records. Although Tally had minimal distribution, the record became a national hit, climbing to No. 19 on the country charts early in 1964.
Haggard became a genuine country superstar in 1966, with three Top 10 hits, including his first No. 1 song "The Fugitive" (later retitled "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive").
Haggard's "I Threw Away the Rose" went to No. 3 early in 1967, beginning a remarkable streak of 37 straight Top 10 hits, including an amazing 23 No. 1 singles.
Haggard's fortunes began to change in 1985, as a new breed of singers began to dominate the country charts. He had two Top 10 hits in 1986 and 1987's "Chill Factor" was a success, spawning the Top 10 title track and "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star," which would prove to be his last No. 1 hit.
In October 2005, Haggard released his album "Chicago Wind" to mostly positive reviews. He released another new album, "I Am What I Am," in 2010. In 2013, he recorded "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" on Hank Williams Jr.'s album, "Old School New Rules."
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