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Merle Haggard receives honorary doctorate

Jun 16, 2013 | 2:22pm EDT

Country icon Merle Haggard can add doctor to his resume after receiving an honorary degree on Friday (14Jun13). The Hungry Eyes hitmaker, 76, was made a doctor of fine arts by officials from California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) in recognition of his significant contributions to the Bakersfield Sound, a genre of country music which was developed in the area in the late 1950s. The late Buck Owens, another Bakersfield Sound pioneer, was also feted by CSUB bosses with the President's Medal.

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