47 Years Ago: Merle Haggard Hits No. 1 With 'The Fightin' Side...

47 Years Ago: Merle Haggard Hits No. 1 With 'The Fightin' Side of Me'

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Forty-seven years ago today (March 14, 1970), Merle Haggard scored his ninth No. 1 hit with his single “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” from his live album of the same name.

Haggard wrote “The Fightin’ Side of Me” in response to the military action in Vietnam: “Runnin’ down the way of life / Our fightin’ men have fought and died to keep,” he sings in the tune. “If you don’t love it, leave it / Let this song I’m singin’ be a warnin’ / If you’re runnin’ down my country, man / You’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.”

“The Fightin’ Side of Me” stayed at the top of the charts for three weeks and became one of the biggest songs of…



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