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Roger Miller (2015)

Roger Dean Miller, Sr. was an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor, best known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs. His most recognized tunes included the chart-topping country/pop hits "King of the Road", "Dang Me" and "England Swings", all from the mid-1960s Nashville sound era. After growing up in Oklahoma and serving in the United States Army, Miller began his musical career as a songwriter in the late 1950s, penning such hits as "Billy Bayou" and "Home" for Jim Reeves and "Invitation to the Blues" for Ray Price. He later began a recording career and reached the peak of his fame in the mid-1960s, continuing to record and tour into the 1990s, charting his final top 20 country hit "Old Friends" with Willie Nelson in 1982. Later in his life, he wrote the music and lyrics for the 1985 Tony-award winning Broadway musical Big River, in which he acted. Miller died from lung cancer in 1992, and was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame three years later.

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About the Roger Miller Interview

I manage the team responsible for the creation of all Ripley books, including this year’s Eye Popping Oddities. My team and I research thousands of unbelievable stories every year for our books. Some of my favorites from Eye-Poppng Oddities include the human cannonballs, Jorge Ivan Latorre Robles and his stretchy skin, the goldfish operation, snake massage, the dog wedding, and more!

Prior to joining Ripley’s I worked for two decades in the publishing and consumer product industries, including seven years at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). I have also written or co-written seven books. I studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving a degree in Expository Writing and Biology.

AMA about Ripley’s, the publishing industry, or anything that skews towards the weird and bizarre! Someone from my team will be typing my answers for me.

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Roger Miller Sep 23, 2015