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Merle Haggard by the numbers: his gold and platinum albums

Merle Haggard by the numbers: his gold and platinum albums
Singer-songwriter Merle Haggard at the Big Barrel Country Music Festival in Dover, Del., in June 2015. (Owen Sweeney / Invision)

Outlaw country singer-songwriter Merle Haggard, who has died at the age of 79, had more than 100 songs reach the Billboard charts and achieved nine consecutive No. 1 country singles during the height of his popularity. Ever prolific, he once claimed to have written 10,000 songs.

And his albums — full of politics, patriotism, law-breaking and storytelling — were big sellers, too. Nine of his albums reached gold or platinum status, according to the Recording Industry Assn. of America. Several of those are greatest-hits compilations, evidence of his enduring legacy.

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Here are Haggard's biggest selling albums as tallied by the RIAA. In the U.S., gold certification translates to sales of at least 500,000 copies, and the threshold for platinum is 1 million.

"Okie From Muskogee" (1969) — Certified gold: Oct. 2, 1970. Platinum: Dec. 3, 1991

"The Fightin' Side of Me" (1970) — Certified gold: March 11, 1971

"The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard" (1972) — Certified gold: April 30, 1974. Platinum: Dec. 3, 1991

"Big City" (1981) — Certified Gold: July 11, 1983

"Pancho & Lefty" with Willie Nelson (1983) — Certified gold: July 11, 1983. Platinum: Aug. 7, 1984

"His Epic Hits" (1984) — Certified gold: Aug. 7, 1989. Platinum: Jan. 29, 1997

"Super Hits, Vol. 2" (1994) — Certified gold: Nov. 14, 2002.

"16 Biggest Hits" (1998) — Certified gold: Nov. 5, 2002

"For the Record" (1999) — Certified gold: Nov. 5, 2002

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