Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 2004 Roger Miller's "King Of The Road" was recognized at #1 in the CMT special "40 Greatest Road Songs"?

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Here are 5 interesting truths about Roger Miller.

  • After serving in the military during the Korean War, he 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.
  • In 1974 he segued into movies, providing the rollicking soundtrack for Disney's animated Robin Hood.
  • He continued to move into other media with 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.