Upbeat Down South b y b r i a n C a r pe n t e r He who lives by the song shall die by the road.--Roger Miller 1 Even before he became the "King of the Road," Roger Miller reigned as the undisputed king of the dashboard poets. Unless otherwise noted, all images courtesy of the Roger Miller Museum. Even before he became the "King of the Road," Roger Miller reigned as the undisputed king of the dashboard poets. By his own recollection, he composed his first solo hit, "You Don't Want My Love," on the road from Fort Worth to Nashville. "Just driving along by myself," Miller described the process, "sipping a little wine here and along the way [to] keep my spirits up." His first top-ten hit, "When Two Worlds Collide," came about in Miller's Rambler station wagon during an all-night drive with Bill Anderson. "In those days we didn't have these little tape recorders like you do now," said Anderson, "so we had to stay up all night singing it to each other, all the way down there, so we wouldn't forget it." Miller's classic ballad "Husbands and Wives" initially took shape,
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Nov 12, 2014
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