Originally released in 1967, “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive” hit No. 1 today on the country charts. It was written by Liz and Casey Anderson, who claim they knew little of Merle’s troubles with the law and were thinking of the television show when they wrote it. It was from Merle’s third full length album and showcased his songwriting (he wrote all but two of the songs, the above mentioned and the Jimmie Rodgers classic “My Rough and Rowdy Ways”) and his continued growth away from simply being a Bakersfield acolyte. Much of the guitar work was handled by James Burton, since Roy Nichols had briefly left the band. Glen Campbell and Billy Mize also played on the album, as well as the great steel guitarist, Ralph Mooney, and Merle’s then wife, Bonnie Owens. If you don’t like this album, you don’t like country music. It’s okay, I understand The Bieber just cut some of his hair.