|"The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde"|
|Single by Merle Haggard and The Strangers|
|from the album The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde|
|"Today I Started Loving You Again"|
|Recorded||January 31, 1968 ("The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde")|
February 1, 1968 ("Today I Started Loving You Again")
both Capitol Recording Studio,
|Length||2:06 ("The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde")|
2:20 ("Today I Started Loving You Again")
|Merle Haggard and The Strangers singles chronology|
"The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde'" is a song written by American country music artists Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens and performed by Haggard and The Strangers. It was released in January 1968 as the first single and title track from the album The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde. The song was Haggard and The Strangers fourth number one on the U.S. country singles chart. The single spent two weeks at number one and a total of 14 weeks on the country chart.
The song is a condensed biography of the famed outlaw duo Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, starting from the time they met to their violent death in an ambush.
The B-side of the single was "Today I Started Loving You Again." A ballad composed by Haggard and Bonnie Owens, the song neither charted on its own as a single nor was listed as a flip-side "tag-along" hit. Nonetheless, "Today I Started Loving You Again" became one of Haggard's most popular songs and would be a staple of classic country music radio stations' playlists.
The song was covered by a number of other artists, including Tammy Wynette.