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Roger Miller

Roger Miller is best known for his humorous novelty songs, which overshadow his considerable songwriting talents as well as his hardcore honky tonk roots. After writing hits for a number of artists in the '50s, Miller racked up a number of hits during the '60s which became not only country classics, but popular classics as well.

Miller was born in Fort Worth, TX, but raised in the small town of Erick, OK, by his aunt and uncle, following the death of his father and his mother's debilitating sickness. Initially, he was attracted to music by hearing country over the radio as well as by his brother-in-law, Sheb Wooley. By the time he was ten, he earned enough money picking cotton to buy himself a guitar. At the age of 11, Wooley gave him a fiddle and encouraged him to pursue a performing career. Miller completed the eighth grade and left school to become a ranch hand and rodeo rider. Throughout his adolescence, he played music in addition to working the ranch. Soon, he was able to play not only guitar and fiddle, but also piano, banjo, and drums.

He enlisted in the Army during the Korean war and was stationed in South Carolina, where he met the brother of Jethro Burns who arranged an audition at RCA Nashville for him. Early in 1957, Miller left the army and auditioned for Chet Atkins at RCA. The session was unsuccessful, and he spent a year as a bellhop at a Nashville hotel. While in Nashville, Miller met George Jones and Pappy Dailey, who introduced him to Don Pierce, an executive at Mercury Records. Pierce signed Miller and had him cut three songs. His first single, "Poor Little John," disappeared without a trace. Following the failure of his first single, Miller continued to work at the hotel and tour with other musicians -- he played fiddle with Minnie Pearl for a short time, then he became the drummer for Faron Young. After a few months, he was signed as a songwriter for Tree Music Publishing and stopped performing as a supporting musician. Instead of playing music, he became a fireman in Amarillo, TX. The abandonment of performing was short-lived, however -- within a few months, he became the drummer for Ray Price's Cherokee Cowboys.

In 1958, Price recorded Miller's "Invitation to the Blues," and it went to number three. It was soon followed by three other successful versions of his songs -- Young's "That's the Way I Feel" and Ernest Tubb's "Half a Mind" both went Top Ten, while Jim Reeves had a number one hit with "Billy Bayou." That same year, Jones recorded "Tall Tall Trees" and "Nothing Can Stop My Love," which he had written with Miller; neither of the songs were hits. The following year, Reeves had a hit with another one of Miller's songs, "Home."

Since his songwriting career was flourishing, Miller decided it was again time to try to become a performing artist as well. He recorded a few tracks for Decca which weren't successful, and then he signed to RCA Records. "You Don't Want My Love," one of his first singles for the label, reached number 14 in early 1961, followed by the Top Ten "When Two Worlds Collide" later that summer.

Miller wasn't able to immediately follow the songs with another hit single. Two years later, "Lock, Stock and Teardrops" scraped the charts, and he left the record label.

Around that time, Miller moved to Hollywood began appearing regularly on The Jimmy Dean Show and The Merv Griffin Show, two of the most popular television programs in the country. His guest spots showcased his new style -- instead of concentrating on hardcore country, he had developed a willfully goofy persona, singing silly novelty songs. He signed a record contract with Smash Records and released his first single for the label, "Dang Me," in the summer of 1964. It was an immediate smash, vaulting to number one and spending six weeks at the top of the charts; it also crossed over into the pop charts, peaking at number seven. "Chug-a-Lug" followed a few months after it, reaching number three on the country charts and nine on the pop charts. At the end of the year, "Do-Wacka-Do" was released, becoming a number 15 hit.

Miller began 1965 with his best-known song, "King of the Road." The single spent five weeks at the top of the country charts and became his biggest pop hit, peaking at number four. Its accompanying album, The Return of Roger Miller, was another crossover success, also peaking at number four on the pop album charts and going gold. Miller was at his peak in 1965. Every song he released that year -- "Engine Engine #9," "One Dyin' and a Buryin'," "Kansas City Star," "England Swings" -- reached the country Top Ten, and at the end of the year, his Golden Hits album went Top Ten; it would eventually go gold. In the summer of 1965, he released The Third Time Around, a record that leaned toward his honky tonk roots; it peaked at number 13.

After the watershed year of 1965, Miller's career dipped slightly. Although other artists were still having hits with his songs -- Eddy Arnold took "The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me" to number two -- Miller had trouble breaking the Top 40 following the number five hit "Husbands and Wives" in early 1966. He continued to record throughout the late '60s, but fewer and fewer of the songs were becoming hits. Occasionally, he would record the songs of emerging songwriters, whether it was Bobby Russell's "Little Green Apples" (number six, 1968) or Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee" (number 12, 1969). Toward the end of the decade and beginning of the '70s, he began to concentrate on honky tonk, although he still made his trademark novelties.

During the '70s, he recorded sporadically, preferring to concentrate on his hotel chain, appropriately called King of the Road. "Tomorrow Night in Baltimore," released in the spring of 1971, was his biggest hit of the decade, climbing to number 11. Early in the decade, he wrote songs for Walt Disney's animated adaptation of Robin Hood -- he also provided a voice for the rooster in the film -- as well as the movie Waterhole Three. In 1973, he left Smash/Mercury for Columbia Records. He spent four years at Columbia and only his debut single for the label, "Open Up Your Heart," was a hit, peaking at number 14.

Miller didn't record much during the '80s -- his biggest hit was "Old Friends," recorded with Willie Nelson and Ray Price. In the mid-'80s, he wrote the music for Big River, a Broadway adaptation of Mark Twain's works. Both the play and Miller's music were critically acclaimed and enormously popular. Big River won seven Tony Awards and two of those went to Miller, for Best Musical and Outstanding Score.

Big River would be the last major work of Miller's career. In 1991, he was diagnosed with throat cancer and died a year later. After his death, his legacy remained strong, as each new generation of country singers found songs in his catalog to cover and reinterpret. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Man Like Me

1. You're Forgetting Me

2. My Pillow

3. Can't Stop Loving You

4. Poor Little John

5. A Man Like Me

6. The Wrong Kind Of Girl

7. Sweet Ramona

8. Jason Fleming

9. Country Girl

13. Who Shot Sam

15. Hot Rod Lincoln

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Track List: All Time Greatest Hits

1. Dang Me

2. Chug-A-Lug

3. Do Wacka Do

4. In The Summertime (You Don't Want My Love)

5. King Of The Road

6. You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd

7. Engine Engine #9

8. One Dyin' And A Buryin'

9. Last Word In Lonesome Is Me

10. Kansas City Star

11. England Swings

12. Husbands And Wives

13. I've Been A Long Time Leavin' (But I'll Be A Long Time Gone)

14. Walkin' In The Sunshine

15. Little Green Apples

16. Me And Bobby McGee

17. Where Have All The Average People Gone

18. South

19. Tomorrow Night In Baltimore

20. River In The Rain

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Track List: Golden Hits

1. King Of The Road

2. Engine Engine #9

3. Dang Me

4. England Swings

5. In The Summertime

6. Chug-A-Lug

7. Do-Wacka-Do

8. You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd

9. Me And Bobbie McGee

10. Husbands And Wives

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Track List: King Of The Road: The Genius Of Roger Miller

Disc 1

1. My Pillow

2. Poor Little John

3. A Man Like Me

4. Wrong Kind Of Girl

5. Jason Fleming

6. A World So Full Of Love

7. When A House Is Not A Home

8. You Don't Want My Love

9. When Two Worlds Collide

10. Sorry, Willie

11. So Saith He The Lord

12. Lock, Stock, And Teardrops

13. Ain't That Fine

14. Less And Less

15. Chug-A-Lug

16. Lou's Got The Flu

17. The Moon Is High (And So Am I)

18. Dang Me

19. It Takes All Kinds To Make A World

20. Reincarnation

21. Hard-Headed Me

22. Do Wacka Do

23. Atta Boy Girl

24. Our Hearts Will Play The Music

Disc 2

1. King Of The Road

2. As Long As There's A Shadow

3. You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd

4. Heartbreak Hotel

5. Big Harlan Taylor

6. One Dyin' And A-Buryin'

7. Last Word In Lonesome Is Me

8. It Happened Just That Way

9. Engine Engine Number Nine

10. Kansas City Star

11. England Swings

13. Husbands And Wives

14. Train Of Life

15. Dad Blame Anything A Man Can't Quit

16. You're My Kingdom

17. My Uncle Used To Love Me But She Died

18. Home

19. Absence

20. Ruby

21. Walkin' In The Sunshine

22. A Million Years Or So

Disc 3

2. Old Toy Trains

3. Little Green Apples

4. What I'd Give To Be The Wind

5. Boeing, Boeing 707

7. What Are Those Things With Big Black Wings

8. Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line

9. Swiss Cottage Place

10. Me And Bobbie McGee

11. Where Have All The Average People Gone

12. The Best Of All Possible Worlds

13. Invitation To The Blues

14. Tall, Tall Trees

15. Don't We All Have The Right

16. That's The Way I Feel

17. Half A Mind

18. Hoppy's Gone

21. Old Friends

22. Guv'ment

23. River In The Rain

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Jjhjh
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timeless classics... what a sense of humor & great musician. *If you ever hear his ROGER MILLER LIVE album - he plays these 12 excellent songs like a master!
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My fave singer by fare he so funny.
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Hi
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He is so awesome
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Hey Im Vincent Jolene,s son I play the fiddle like Wendel Rogers brother
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Awesome man
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Roger is a good singer
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Roger's brother WendeL plays the fiddle and I was lucky to be able to play in a band, base with him. I never got to meet Roger. Wendel and ROGER ARE great.
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I like Roger Miller. Love his song "chug-a-lug" , it makes me laugh.... Oh & so does his song "Do Whack-A-Do". . . . s o funny
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Does it always have to make some sense, he always makes it funny anyway.
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I don't get this song... Its the first time I've heard it. But it's really cute :P
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Long time no hear really great songs he probably constructed by himself? Love the songs really good. ;o))
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Monkmmmmbhnn n b m j j j hchv m
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Robin hood
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I ain't got no cigarrettes
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One automaticall y sings along to "King Of The Road"!! Anyone who loves that genre of music (traditional country), is so in tune to this song that we know & love the words!
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Stupid Pandora took away our lyrics!!! Not happy. Look for other music service that doesn't REDUCE customer features!!!
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rosstempleto n 6 9
Lyrics?
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What happened to the lyrics??
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Jeremy Riddle 13616551130
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Roger was music genius
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Didn't live in this time period but apparently a lot of people that liked big band music enjoyed this folk revival in the 60s and consider this one of the last decent songs on the radio.
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Roger is the best
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mason1594
I like plush by stone temple pilots
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mason1594
Sink the Bismarck by Johnny Horton is a good song
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Looks like it was the Statler Brothers on the album Flowers on the Wall, but they did cover King of the Road.
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janet_hoskin s
I want to know if Roger Milller sang Flowers on the Wall???
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i love this song king of the road
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This guy has so much great stuff within. Love to hear him again. Thanks PANDORA you did it again.
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towlehouse33
HELLO?!?!?! R u going to kiss me or not?!?!?!?! :*
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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roberttrosky
I got his 8 track.makes me feel old.ruff life he had.rip miller
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Back in the 60's I had the pleasure to meet Roger at the Enlisted Club at the N A S I was stationed at. He was as great a man as his song were, he made you feel like a long lost pal he'd just found again. I'm glad I found his music here on Pandora..
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Hey, ashvlpippy, what's Toby Kieth? There're both great reasons to be a proud Okie. DMB
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England swings
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Best thing ever from Oklahoma.
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cashughes
I was a fan of Roger Miller for several years before 1964. In 1964 . . I was in Marine boot camp and the song Private John Q was the song that I could sing that allowed me to get through the boot camp. Then in Nam' it helped me think that only me, in the Private JohnQ song that allowed me to understand that in THE WAR I was not an object of concern to the military, and that I was dispensibe. IS that what our soldiers are considered today ????? AND WHY ???????????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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the maestro of singalong!
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oconnorrobin a
I really love Rogers' music. I remember this stuff from when I was a kid. It makes me smile and put on a happy face!
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Roger Miller is the greatest depressive-j a z z artist of all time. There's a lot under the surface; what seems like nonsense at first is loved by poets and children alike. He really is a genius in my estimation. And a lot of writers don't use satire and humor as well as he does. Roger is the Vonnegut of country music.
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One of the all time greatest with hit's like Do-wak-a-do and dang me. And so many more.
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Roger Miller is hilarious. His songs always cheer me up and make me laugh
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"You can't roller skate in a Buffalo heard, but you can be happy if you've a mind to." Roger Miller up lifted my day, each time I heard his music.
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mona8284rae
I grew up with this music and I absolutely love it. This reminds me of growing up with my parents and the parties we had. I miss those days!
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i can mook him to a tea and a lot of people say i sound more like him then he does ,,,
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King of the Road
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Children like his music.
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