How much was Roger Miller worth?
|Net Worth:||$1 Million|
|Date of Birth:||January 2, 1936|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Roger Miller
Roger Miller was country music’s court jester. His clever and comic songs included “King of the Road,” “Chug-a-Lug,” and “Dang Me.” While known for his baritone, Miller frequently embroidered his songs with scat-like singing and wacky vocal effects. At the same time, Miller was a capable singer of ballads. Tender tunes such as “Open Up Your Heart” and “Husbands and Wives” proved he could play it straight.
Paying Dues in Nashville
After serving in the military during the Korean War, Roger Miller tried his luck in Nashville where he began working in country music as a fiddle player for Minnie Pearl. With the help of a newfound friend, George Jones, Miller released his first single in 1957.
Nevertheless, he was most prominent in the coming years as a songwriter rather than a performer. He placed tunes with the likes of Ray Price, Ernest Tubb, Faron Young, and Jim Reeves.
His biggest success up to this point was reaching number three on the charts with Reeves’ rendition of “Invitation to the Blues.”
Breakthrough as a Solo Artist
Roger Miller signed with RCA Records in 1960 as a singer, and scored hits with “When Two Worlds Collide” and “You Don’t Want My Love.” But, with big-time success eluding him, Miller nearly hung up his hat.
Everything changed in 1964 when he released the odd but addictive tune “Dang Me,” released on his new label, Smash Records, and the quintessential “King of the Road,” which sold over a million copies. Both crossed over to the pop charts.
By this time, Miller had relocated from Music City to Los Angeles where he was a frequent guest on variety shows such as The Merv Griffin Show. These appearances helped expose him to a mainstream audience.
Into the ’70s, Miller began to record fewer of his own songs and more tunes written by other artists.
In 1974 he segued into movies, providing the rollicking soundtrack for Disney’s animated Robin Hood.
Miller continue to move into other media with a a move to Broadway in the ’80s — resulting in a Tony Award for his score to the musical Big River.
In 1995, three years after his death from cancer, Roger Miller was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Trivia Facts about Roger Miller
- Miller set a record by winning 11 Grammy awards. This feat was only broken in 1982 by Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
- Like songs with weird titles? Miller has plenty, including “My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died” and “You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd.” They blow Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” out of the water
- In 1985, Miller won a Tony award for his score to the Broadway musical Big River, adapted from Mark Twain’s classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Essential Roger Miller Album
- King of the Road: The Genius of Roger Miller (Mercury Records, 1993. Boxed Set).
This 70-track collection includes both Miller’s biggest hits as well as lesser known gems. It might seem like overkill, but it’s a much better buy compared to the many greatest hits compilations floating around.