Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Happy Birthday Merle Haggard / One Cup of Java

It's Finally Friday's One Cup question: Merle Haggard is 70 today. He first hit the top of the country charts in 1967 with "The Fugitive," the first of forty #1 country songs for Merle. Despite this incredible success and his near legendary status, he's had far less crossover success on the pop charts than his contemporaries like Willie Nelson. Your One Cup question this morning - what Merle Haggard sad song is his ONLY tune to break the pop top 40, hitting #28 in 1974?

One Cup answer: If We Make It Through December

Bonus Blog Trivia: When Merle's "Okie From Muskogee" became a hit, CBS News went to the Oklahoma town to interview folks about the tune's accuracy. The news crew found it fairly accurate, although Muskogee teenagers proved otherwise on at least one count: according to the CBS report, there WAS marijuana smoking in Muskogee.

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