Roger Miller performing "King of the Road", originally released in 1964.
It reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart, #1 on the US Billboard Easy Listening chart, #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Roger Miller, born in 1936, grew up during the depression and lost his father at an early age. His mother was unable to care for her three sons, so each of them were sent to live with their uncles. Roger was an introverted child and often got in trouble for daydreaming at school. He spent most of his days in the cotton fields picking cotton and working the land while composing songs on his way to school.
While living in Oklahoma, he was lonely and unhappy, but his mind took him places he could only dream about. He found solace in listening to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday nights and the Light Crust Doughboys on Fort Worth radio by day. It was during this time that he decided that he wanted to be a musician and songwriter.
Roger joined the Army thinking that it would be better than hanging out on the farm picking cotton. He went to Korea, where he was a Jeep driver, and it was there where he got one of his favorite one-liners, “My education was Korea, Clash of 52.” After returning from the Army, his music career started taking off when he moved to Nashville. He was writing songs for Jim Reeves and Ray Price.
By the mid-1960s, he continued to record and tour into the 1990s, receiving 11 Grammy Awards and being voted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995. His final hit was "Old Friends" with Willie Nelson in 1982. In addition to his musical achievements, Roger Miller also won Broadway's Tony Award for writing the music and lyrics for Big River, which won a total of 7 Tony's including Best Musical in 1985.
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