Classic Country Saturday Video Of The Week
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Born in Fort Worth Texas in 1936, Roger Miller became more than a country music star. One of the greatest songwriters and song-stylists in the history of country music, Roger Miller “crossed-over” before anyone knew what it meant.
It was 1965 when Roger Miller released what is probably his best known work “King of the Road”. Just how successful was it? Well, it shot to #1 on the Country charts and #1 on the Rock charts. But wait, there’s more.
For that single hit record, Roger won the Grammy award for “Best Country Song”, “Best Country Vocal Performance”, Best Country and Western Recording”, “Best Contemporary Vocal Performance” and “Best Contemporary (Rock and Roll) single.
Whew! And remember, this was in the middle of the British invasion and “Beatlemania”! 5 Grammy’s for one song! (And by the way, the album it came off of, “The Return of Roger Miller”, also won the Grammy for “Best Country and Western Album”.
Roger was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995, and that song “King of the Road” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (“Dang Me” was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame the year before).
Roger left us much too early from lung and throat cancer at the age of 56 in 1992.
But his music (and videos) live on! Enjoy this live performance of the iconic “King of the Road”.