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ORIGINAL | KATE MULLER
2016 has seen more than its fair share of music icons pass away -- and it's only April. Take a look at this list of vinyl legends and beloved stars who may be gone but will never be forgotten.
Merle Haggard (79) April
4/6 - Merle Haggard was a force to be reckoned with on the country music scene. Between the '60s and '80s, Haggard earned 38 number one hits and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. His California working class upbringing had a major influence on his songs and helped create the infamous Bakersfield sound, which incorporated a mix of steel guitar and Fender Telecaster guitar twangs. Haggard passed away on his birthday, April 6, at the age of 79.