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Roger Miller, King of the Road

Published: 10/25/2012
Roger Miller died 20 years ago today. We remember some of his greatest country hits.

Since I have a beloved uncle named Roger Miller, I've always thought it was pretty neat that there was a country star who bore his name. In fact, when I was a kid, I thought it was my uncle who recorded hits like "King of the Road" and "Dang Me."

 In this Jan. 26, 1987 file photo, singer and songwriter Roger Miller arrives at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Lennox McClendon, file)
In this Jan. 26, 1987 file photo, singer and songwriter Roger Miller arrives at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Lennox McClendon, file)


Actually, that's a slight exaggeration – when I was a kid, the only Roger Miller song I knew was "King of the Road." Now, granted, it's a great song to know if you're only going to be familiar with one song from an artist's repertoire.



However, "King of the Road" is far from all there was to Roger Miller's catalog. He recorded 19 albums and won 11 Grammy awards – a record for the most won by any artist until it was surpassed by Michael Jackson in 1982. And Miller's "King of the Road" was just one of three No. 1 singles by the country great. Another was "Dang Me."



Miller's songs have been covered by other country stars. Alan Jackson's rendition of "Tall, Tall Trees" was a No. 1 hit in 1996, and Brooks & Dunn repeated the chart-topping feat when they covered "Husbands and Wives" in 1998. Here's Miller's version of that poignant track.



Written by Linnea Crowther. Originally published January 2012.

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