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Crime History: Merle Haggard arrested for attempted robbery of bar

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On this day, Dec. 24, in 1957, a young Merle Haggard landed in a Bakersfield, Calif., jail for an attempted robbery of a tavern. Haggard, 20, was sent to San Quentin State Prison, where he saw Johnny Cash perform. The concert had a profound effect on Haggard. After Haggard's release three years later, he started recording. He soon was scoring on the country music charts with the "Bakersfield...

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