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Roger Dean Miller (January 2, 1936October 25, 1992) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. This is an album cover. ... This is an album cover. ... January 2 is the second day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


Although usually grouped with country music 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", a major 1965 hit, about a presumed "hobo" who relishes his life and freedom, riding the rails. This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... A novelty song is a song, usually in a recorded form, that defies the usual categorisation of music, or may not even be music. ... A performance artist dressed as a hobo Hobo is a term that refers to a subculture of wandering homeless people, particularly those who make a habit of hopping freight trains. ...


In addition to 11 Grammy Awards, Roger Miller won Broadway's Tony award for writing the music and lyrics for Big River, which won a total of 7 Tonys including best musical in 1985. Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards, commonly referred to as the Grammys) are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in the record industry. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a musical based on Mark Twains novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with music and lyrics by Roger Miller and book by William Hauptman. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Life and work

Roger, the youngest of three boys, was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to mother Laudene Holt Miller and father Jean Miller. Jean died when Roger was one, and he was sent to live with his aunt and uncle, Elmer and Armelia Miller, in Erick, Oklahoma. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ...


Miller 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." The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ... The Light Crust Doughboys were a legendary Texas western swing band formed in 1931 by Bob Wills, Milton Brown and W. Lee (Pappy) ODaniel. ... Fort Worth is the sixth-largest city in the state of Texas, located about 30 miles west of Dallas on the West Fork Trinity River and forming part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. ... The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States armed forces and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Combatants United Nations: Republic of Korea  Australia  Belgium Canada  Colombia Ethiopia  France Greece  Netherlands  New Zealand  Philippines South Africa  Thailand  Turkey  United Kingdom United States Medical staff:  Denmark  Australia  Italy  Norway  Sweden Communist states: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea People’s Republic of China  Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


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. For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... Jim Reeves is also the name of a competitive eater. ...


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." The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame was established by the Nashville Songwriters Foundation, Inc. ... This official history of the Country Music Hall of Fame skirts the scandals well-documented by veteran Music Row historian Stacy Harris. ... Erick is a city located in Beckham County, Oklahoma. ...


A lifelong cigarette smoker, Miller died of lung and throat cancer in 1992. In a TV interview, he once 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 on the subject of addiction to cigarettes.) A lit cigarette will burn to ash from one end. ... Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for up to 3 million deaths annually. ... Throat cancer is a common way of referring to some head and neck cancers, usually squamous cell carcinomas. ...


The chorus of one of his songs, "England Swings", was used for the 1998 BBC radio program, 15 Minutes of Misery The song was also featured in the 2003 movie Shanghai Knights. . 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is one of the largest broadcasting corporations in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of more than £4 billion. ... From left: Fann Wong, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson star in Shanghai Knights. ...


He was married to Mary Arnold, who herself was a musician, a member of country-rock band, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition. Rogers had introduced the two. Arnold now manages Miller's estate. Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


His eldest son, Dean Miller, is a singer-songwriter in his own right. Roger's Christmas song "Old Toy Trains" was written about him and Dean was only 2 years old when the song came out in 1967. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ...


In his 1997 autobiography Johnny Cash compared Miller's bass vocal range favorably with his own, saying it was the closest to his own that he had heard. Johnny Cash (born J. R. Cash, February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an influential American country and rock and roll singer and songwriter. ...


In early 2006, Roger Miller's 1967 single "Walkin' In The Sunshine" was featured in a Mastercard commercial. In the 1970s, Miller appeared in ads for Monroe Shock Absorbers, backed by a re-recording of "King of the Road".


Roger Miller wrote and performed three songs in Robin Hood (1973 film) as Alan-a-Dale. A sample of his song Whistle Stop was used as the musical accompaniment for the internet phenomenon the hampsterdance. Robin Hood is an animated film produced by the Walt Disney Studios, first released in the United States on November 8, 1973. ... In the stories of Robin Hood, Alan-a-Dale (also spelled Alan-A-Dale, Allen-a-Dale, Allan-a-Dale and Allin-a-Dale) is a young minstrel who was a member of the Merry Men. ... Sample can refer to any of the following. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Hamster Dance is an Internet humor fad originating from Hampsterdance. ...


Discography

Hit singles

Year Title Chart Positions
US Hot 100 US Country UK Singles
1960 "You Don't Want My Love" - #14 -
1961 "When Two Worlds Collide" - #6 -
1963 "Lock, Stock, and Teardrops" - #26 -
1964 "Dang Me" #7 #1 -
1964 "Chug-a-Lug" #9 #3 -
1965 "Do-Wacka-Do" #31 #15 -
1965 "King of the Road" #4 #1 #1
1965 "Engine, Engine No. 9" #7 #2 #33
1965 "One Dyin' and A-Buryin'" #34 #10 -
1965 "Kansas City Star" #31 #7 -
1966 "England Swings" #8 #3 #13
1966 "Husbands and Wives" #26 #5 -
1966 "I've Been a Long Time Leavin'" - #13 -
1966 "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd" #40 #35 -
1966 "My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died" #58 #39 -
1966 "Heartbreak Hotel" #84 #55 -
1967 "Walkin' in the Sunshine" #37 #7 -
1967 "The Ballad of Waterhole #3" - #27 -
1967 "Old Toy Trains" (Christmas Song) #13xm - -
1968 "Little Green Apples" #39 #6 #19
1968 "Vance" #80 #15 -
1969 "Me and Bobby McGee" - #12 -
1969 "Where Have All the Average People Gone?" - #14 -
1970 "Don't We All Have the Right" - #15 -
1971 "Tomorrow Night in Baltimore" - #11 -
1971 "Loving Her Was Easier" - #28 -
1973 "Hoppy's Gone" - #42 -
1974 "Whistle Stop" - #86 -
1977 "Baby Me Baby" - #68 -
1982 "Old Friends"(with Willie Nelson and Ray Price) - #19 -
1985 "River in the Rain" - #36 -

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Country Tracks chart, chart of country music hit songs. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... See also: 1959 in music, other events of 1960, 1961 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 14 - Elvis Presley is promoted to Sergeant in the U.S. Army February 6 - Songwriter Jesse Belvin dies in an automobile accident in Los Angeles, California. ... See also: 1960 in music, other events of 1961, 1962 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 15 - Motown Records signs The Supremes January 20 - Francis Poulencs Gloria is premiered in Boston February 12 - The Miracles Shop Around becomes Motowns first... 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See also: 1965 in music, other events of 1966, 1967 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music Hot 100 No. ... See also: 1965 in music, other events of 1966, 1967 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music Hot 100 No. ... See also: 1965 in music, other events of 1966, 1967 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music Hot 100 No. ... See also: 1966 in music, other events of 1967, 1968 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music 1967 was an important year for psychedelic music, with releases from The Doors (The Doors, Strange Days), Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow), the Beatles Sgt. ... See also: 1966 in music, other events of 1967, 1968 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music 1967 was an important year for psychedelic music, with releases from The Doors (The Doors, Strange Days), Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow), the Beatles Sgt. ... See also: 1966 in music, other events of 1967, 1968 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music 1967 was an important year for psychedelic music, with releases from The Doors (The Doors, Strange Days), Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow), the Beatles Sgt. ... See also: 1967 in music, other events of 1968, 1969 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // January 4 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding. ... See also: 1967 in music, other events of 1968, 1969 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // January 4 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding. ... See also: 1968 in music, other events of 1969, 1970 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Perhaps the most famous musical events of 1969 are two legendary concerts. ... See also: 1968 in music, other events of 1969, 1970 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Perhaps the most famous musical events of 1969 are two legendary concerts. ... See also: other events of 1970 list of years in music 1970s in music // Charles Wuorinen, aged 32, becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. ... See also: 1970 in music, other events of 1971, 1972 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // February 8 - Bob Dylans hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... See also: 1970 in music, other events of 1971, 1972 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // February 8 - Bob Dylans hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... See also: other events of 1973 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones plans to tour the Orient. ... See also: 1973 in music, other events of 1974, 1975 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // January - The Ramones form. ... See also: 1976 in music, other events of 1977, 1978 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Queens Bohemian Rhapsody is named The Best Single Of The Last 25 Years by BPI. In this year, the St. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 other events of 1982 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... 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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"
  • 2003 — CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music: Ranked #23.

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Reference

  • Cooper, Daniel. (1998). "Roger Miller." In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Ed. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 347-8.

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Roger Miller - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (783 words)
Roger Dean Miller (January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician.
A lifelong cigarette smoker, Miller died of lung and throat cancer.
Roger Miller wrote and performed three songs in Robin Hood (1973 film) as Alan-a-Dale.
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