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Merle Haggard by the numbers: his gold and platinum albums

Merle Haggard by the numbers: his gold and platinum albums

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,...

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