Waterloo Region Generations
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Roger Miller

Male 1936 - 1992  (56 years)


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  • Name Roger Miller 
    Born 2 Jan 1936  Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation , USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    singer 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-146553 
    Died 25 Oct 1992 
    Person ID I146553  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 

  • Notes 
    • King of the Road

      On Roger Miller's website, it explains that Miller wrote this song over a 6-week span, beginning on a 1964 Midwest TV tour. He wrote the first verse when he saw a "Trailers for Sale or Rent" sign on the road outside Chicago. A few weeks later, he bought a statuette of a hobo in Boise, Idaho airport gift shop and stared at it until he had completed the song.

      Miller has given at least one other explanation for how he came up with the song, however. When he was the co-host on the Mike Douglas Show August 11, 1969, he revealed that the idea for "King Of The Road" came when he was driving in Indiana and saw a sign offering trailers for sale or rent, and it stuck in his mind. Said Miller, "I was doing a show in a place you have probably never heard of called Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and I saw a statue of a hobo in a cigar shop were I was staying. I purchased it and took it to my room and wrote the song."


      https://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=7480 2013

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Jan 1936 - Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
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