|Roger Miller in 1975, from Wikipedia/ see link cc|
First off,....WIKIPEDIA called his music: " honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs " yes,...it was all kinda 'honky tonk' sounding, and as a kid in the 60's I just loved mimicing his sound and pretend to sing them all. Remember 'Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd'? and 'Chug-a-lug'. That was soooo fun to sing as a kid in the 60's...Time For a change....society was changing finally 'round then...with Civil Rights, and NO MORE Viet Nam War, free love , really upsetting our parents...remember? This was way outta their box....a big change.
Miller wrote alot of songs for other musicians...For example, some for RAY PRICE and JIM REEVES, he was good friends with WILLIE NELSON and they wrote songs together. There were many more artists that he wrote for.
There is a 'Roger Miller Museum' in his home town of Erick, Oklahoma. He called himself...'dirt poor" when he was a kid...maybe that inspired him to pen 'King of the Road' in 1965.
I was sad and surprised to read that Miller,seemed to have a very sad life...He was married three times, suffered from insomnia and depression, drank, smoked, liked to fight and would 'walk' off stage, you know, during a performance, and had a drug problem. ...WOW.Throat Cancer cause his death in 1992. Jan
Here's a video clip on YOUTUBE of Miller's about Robin Hood. Thanks