Merle Haggard’s Outlaw Life!

Country tough guy Merle Haggard was a real life outlaw who got busted on a robbery rap and spent nearly three years behind bars, where he narrowly survived a brutal fight with another convict!

The famed “Okie From Muskogee” singer, who cheated death many times during his rough-and-tumble life, tragically lost a battle with pneumonia at age 79 on April 6, his actual birthday.

Now GLOBE exposes the bombshell secrets the Grammy winner took to his grave, including his struggles with booze and drugs, his heartbreaking romance with Dolly Parton and his prison hell.

For all the details on Merle’s party-boy days, grab the latest issue of GLOBE — on newsstands for a limited time!