Roger Miller was born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma. After a period in the US army, Miller moved to Nashville to try to sell his songs to record companies.
Miller initially found fame as a songwriter. His biggest UK success before "King Of The Road" was as songwriter of Del Shannon's #2 hit The Swiss Maid. Country stars such as George Jones and Faron Young also recorded Miller material before he went solo.
Miller won a Broadway Tony Award for writing the music and lyrics for Big River, a musical based on Mark Twain's novel Huckleberry Finn. The musical won 7 Tony awards, including 1985 Best Musical of the Year.
Miller died from lung and throat cancer in October 1992.
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