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My connection to Merle Haggard

Happy 74th Birthday Mr. Merle Haggard! I have to admit I used to hate that twangy country music..but in the past decade or so I've warmed up to traditional country music like Merle, Johnny Cash, and dare I say it? Even Buck Owens! So what's my connection to Merle Haggard? Have I memorized the names of all 38 number 1 country hits he scored between 1967 and 1988?  Well...no. Did I meet him or ever see him in concert? Not hardly. Okay..here it is. Back in 1969 he had a hit with a song called "Okie From Muskogee." And that inspired a polka band in Stevens Point to record a song called "I'm Just a Pollack From Polonia" which was on jukeboxes all over town. (Polonia is a tiny little town located near Stevens Point). Merle Haggard sued. Production of this toe-tapping 45 was halted. My favorite line? "They still drink Point Beer down at Kryzewski's, Point Special's still the greatest thrill of all. " I own a copy of it. I got it at a rummage sale for a dime. Major score! And that's my connection to Mr. Haggard. I don't think he'd be too impressed. But I do think you'll be impressed with this fine song. Find a dancin' partner! "I'm Just a Pollack from Polonia"

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