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Roger Miller

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Roger Dean Miller (January 2, 1936 October 25, 1992) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician.

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Born in Fort Worth, Texas, to mother Laudene Holt Miller and father Jean Miller, Roger, the youngest of three boys, was sent to live with his uncle and aunt, Elmer and Armelia Miller, in Erick, Oklahoma, when his father died while Roger was just one year old.

Roger had a lonely and unhappy childhood. Heavily influenced by the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday nights and the Light Crust Doughboys on Fort Worth radio, he desperately wanted to be a singer-songwriter. When he was 17 he stole a guitar, but turned himself in and chose to join the army rather than go to jail. He later quipped "My education was Korea, Clash of 52."

On leaving the army he went to Nashville, to work on his music career. In 1959 he wrote his first number one song, "Billy Bayou" recorded by Jim Reeves.

Although conventionally grouped with "Country" singers, Miller's unique style defied easy classification. He had a string of pop hits in the 1960s, and also his own TV show for a few years. Many of his recordings were humorous, novelty songs with whimsical lyrics, coupled with vocalese riffs filled with nonsense syllables. Others were sincere ballads, which also caught the public's fancy, none more so than his signature song, "King of the Road", about a presumed "hobo" who relishes his life and freedom, riding the rails.

In addition to 11 Grammy Awards, Roger Miller won Broadway's Tony award for writing the score for the musical Big River.

He was voted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995. In Erick, Oklahoma where he grew up, a thoroughfare was renamed "Roger Miller Boulevard."

Roger Miller died of lung and throat cancer. He was a lifelong cigarette smoker. In a TV interview once, he explained that he composed his songs from "bits and pieces" of ideas he wrote on scraps of paper. When asked what he did with the unused bits and pieces, he half-joked, "I smoke 'em!" One of his songs, "A Man Can't Quit", centered around his addiction to cigarettes.

Roger Millers' best known songs:

  • "King of the Road"
  • "Chug-a-Lug"
  • "Little Green Apples"
  • "Dang Me"
  • "England Swings"
  • "Engine Engine Number Nine"
  • "In the Summer Time"
  • "Do-Wacka-Do"
  • "Kansas City Star"
  • "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd"
  • "Whistle Stop" (featured on the infamous Hampster Dance website)

Awards:

  • 1964 - Grammy Award: Best Country Song: "Dang Me"
  • 1964 - Grammy Award: Best New Country and Western Artist
  • 1964 - Grammy Award: Best Country and Western Recording, Single: "Dang Me"
  • 1964 - Grammy Award: Best Country and Western Performance, Male: "Dang Me"
  • 1964 - Grammy Award: Best Country and Western Album: "Dang Me"/"Chug-a-Lug"
  • 1965 - Jukebox Artist of the Year
  • 1965 - Grammy Award: Best Country Song: "King of the Road"
  • 1965 - Grammy Award: Best Country Vocal Performance, Male: "King of the Road"
  • 1965 - Grammy Award: Best Country and Western Recording, Single: "King of the Road"
  • 1965 - Grammy Award: Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Male: "King of the Road"
  • 1965 - Grammy Award: Best Contemporary (Rock 'N Roll), Single: "King of the Road"
  • 1965 - Grammy Award: Best Country and Western Album: "The Return of Roger Miller"
  • 1965 - Academy of Country and Western Music: "Best Songwriter"
  • 1965 - Academy of Country and Western Music: "Man of the Year"
  • 1985 - Tony Award : Best Score: "Big River"
  • 1988 - Academy of Country Music: Pioneer Award
  • 1995 - Country Music Hall of Fame
  • 1997 - Grammy Hall of Fame Song : "Dang Me"
  • 1998 - Grammy Hall of Fame Song : "King Of The Road"


More about Roger can be found on the official Roger Miller Website (http://www.rogermiller.com/)de:Roger Miller no:Roger Miller

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