fbpx

September 28

Ned Miller, Stage-Fright and his Big Hit of 1962

0  comments

NED MILLER – a skilled songwriter and later on, a recording artist first wrote From a Jack to a King in 1957. The sales were not promising though. Still, Miller believed the song has a potential that five years later, he persuaded his record company to re-issue a single in 1962. Miller himself recorded his own composition. What was a bit disappointing about him though, was that he refused to overcome his anxiety on stage. It could have helped in the promotion both of the Single, and him as a rising star.  Hence, no live performance was ever made for the song.

Surprisingly and in that same year, From a Jack to a King made its way to the ears and hearts of fans. The song topped the charts of US Song Billboards from country to pop and to adult contemporary. Likewise, it was a massive hit in the Ireland and in the United Kingdom. His gut was right after all. It was his first and biggest breakthrough in the music industry.

Listen to Miller and ponder how well he played his cards to see the Jack on the king’s throne.

Others would have followed that success with more records, but not Miller. He contented himself in songwriting for the rest of his career. It was not a total loss for him though. He found a continuing success in being a composer. Two of his most distinguished works were Dark Moon by Gale Storm and A Falling Star by Jimmy C. Newman.

Regardless, From a Jack to a King proved to be a trump-card by other artists who covered it including Jim Reeves, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lewis. About 45 cover versions were released from its first release.

Two decades after Miller’s success, 1980’s big star Ricky Van Shelton enjoyed another #1 record for his version of From a Jack to a King. Check his sampling below.


Tags


{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

You may also like

Flashback to George Jones’ “The Grand Tour” – One of the Saddest Songs of All Time

Alison Krauss Singing The Perfect Love Ballad “When You Say Nothing at All”

Let’s all Walk Down the Story of Lacy J. Dalton’s 16th Avenue

Toby Keith Gave His Greatest Tip Of The Hat To Our Troops in “American Soldier”

“Mama Tried” is a Classic Hit from Merle Haggard

“Rings Of Gold” A Sad Song From Dottie West and Don Gibson

Getting Married on a Valentine’s Day? Take Your Pick to Forever

Latest Stories

Remembering Keith Whitley’s Death

Budweiser Has Stepped Out From Its Prominent Throne in Super Bowl Commercials

Brad Paisley Customized “She’s Everything” To Make It A Song For His Wife

Here Are The Top Country Duets In Music History

Here Are Gay Country Singers You Need To Be Listening To

You Should Hear This 93-Year-Old Woman Singing “One Day at a Time”

Subscribe to our newsletter now!

Country Thang Daily

>