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Roger Miller

Roger Dean Miller (January 2, 1936 - October 25, 1992) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, to mother Laudene Holt Miller and father Jean Miller, Roger, the youngest of three boys, was sent to live with his Uncle and Aunt, Elmer and Armelia Miller, in Oklahoma when his father died while Roger was just one year old.

Roger had a lonely and unhappy childhood. Heavily influenced by the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday nights and the Light Crust Doughboys on Fort Worth radio, he desperately wanted to be a singer, songwriter. When he was 17 he stole a guitar, but turned himself in and chose to join the army rather than go to jail. He later quipped "My education was Korea, Clash of 52."

On leaving the army he went to Nashville, to work on his music career. In 1959 he wrote his first number one song, "Billy Bayou" recorded by Jim Reeves.

In addition to 11 Grammy Awards, Roger Miller won Broadway's Tony award for writing the score for the musical "Big River."

He was voted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995. In Erick, Oklahoma where he grew up, a thoroughfare was renamed "Roger Miller Boulevard."

Roger Miller died of cancer.

Roger Millers' best known songs:

Awards: More about Roger can be found on the official Roger Miller Website