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This week in 1973: A Washington Court barred the EPA from delaying air pollution cleanup; the Nixon Admin-istration admitted impounding $8.7 billion allotted for federal programs; The U.S. devalued the dollar 10% to improve the trade balance; and a singer from Oildale, California, had his 31st hit record.

A lot of songs are written just because someone decided to sit down and write, while others are written from inspiration, from an idea, or perhaps just the need to write.

According to Merle Haggard, his 1973 No. 1 song "I Wonder if They Ever Think of Me" was written on behalf of POWs.

Haggard said, "I didn't write that song because of any specific event, except the prisoner of war issue was big at the time. I think the Vietnam War was very misunderstood and very strange."

Haggard's Capitol Records single, "I Wonder if They Ever Think of Me" entered the country music charts Dec. 9, 1972 and made it to No. 1 on Feb. 17,1973 — five days after the first group of POWs left Hanoi.

The single was Haggard's 31st charted song and his 14th No. 1. It was on the charts for 14 weeks.

Merle Haggard placed 106 songs on the country music charts between 1963 and 2015, including 38 No. 1s. He was inducted into The Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1994 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. He was honored at The Kennedy Center in 2010.

Haggard died in 2016.

 

Doug Davis & The Good Ole Boys will perform at Windsor Cottage at 10 a.m. today

 

Join Doug Davis for "Roots Of Country" Saturdays at 6 a.m. for six hours of special classic country music and at the same time on Sundays for "Sunday Country." You can also listen on the internet at "mypigradio.com" or on our "My pig radio" Facebook page

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