This book was written as a tribute to my lifelong friend Merle Haggard. It's in memoir form for many reasons. Number one because I wanted his fans to have an inside glimpse of the humanity of Merle, secondary I wanted my family and friends to know of my fractional involvement in his life as well as how I was fortunate to be close to someone that became an American musical icon. I've been a fan of country music and Rock N Roll since my childhood. I was a disc jockey for many years on radio stations in Bakersfield, Ca, St. George Utah, San Luis Obispo, Ca & Las Vegas, Nevada. I've played in bar bands for over 7 years. ( never good enough for major leagues) At 70 years old now I've been working on this project for over 4 years. I've received immeasurable help from my son, Ben in the editing process. My friend Rebecca Shearin became a graphic artist and designed the entire book. Her work always impressed me and I know it will for the reader. I'd also like to thank my sister Connie for help in editing the book
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