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Garth Brooks Sings 'Happy Birthday' to Merle Haggard

Garth Brooks Sings 'Happy Birthday' to Merle Haggard

Originally posted 04/06/2014 11:55PM

Garth Brooks presented Merle Haggard with the ACM Awards Crystal Milestone Award Sunday, honoring the 77-year-old's contributions to country music on a very appropriate occasion: Haggard's birthday.

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Merle Haggard Doing 'Better Every Day' After Lung Cancer Surgery

Merle Haggard Doing 'Better Every Day' After Lung Cancer Surgery

Originally posted 01/21/2009 05:30PM

Just two months after undergoing lung cancer surgery, Merle Haggard says he's back in business.

"I'm doing real well – a little better every day," the country legend tells PEOPLE. "I have a little bicycle in the back room I'm starting to exercise on and I'm going into the studio to see how my voice sounds."

Haggard, 71, had surgery in November to remove a lemon-sized tumor. "Most of the reports were like, 'He's got six months to live!' There was never any indication of that," he says.

"I lost the upper lobe of my right lung where there was a tumor suspended like a fruit on a tree. But there was no chemo and I got real lucky."

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Merle Haggard Recovering from Lung Surgery

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Merle Haggard Recovering from Lung Surgery

Originally posted 11/10/2008 09:05AM

"Okie From Muskogee" country singer Merle Haggard is recovering at home after an operation last Monday to remove part of his lung, his rep tells Reuters.

The singer-songwriter, 71, whose lung cancer was only recently diagnosed, said in a statement, "I'm feeling good ... better and better each day. If not for the love and wisdom of my wife [Theresa], I might not be around today."

Haggard's surgery took place at a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. Tests there revealed that all the affected tissue was removed, according to the musician's spokeswoman.
Stephen M. Silverman

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