August 24

Roger Miller had his First Success with the Song “Dang Me”

Roger Miller had his First Success with the Song "Dang Me" 1
An all smiles Roger Miller holding his guitar | Photo credit: grammy.com

Roger Miller’s first entry to the top of the country charts was his 1964 record “Dang Me.” The song did not only give Miller his first No. 1 country hit but also several Grammy Award wins. In particular, the song bagged three Grammy Award titles in 1964. These were the Best Country Song; Best Western and Country Recording, Single; and Best Western and Country Performance, Male. The album on which the song was released also brought home the Best Western and Country Album award together with Chug-a-Lug. Finally, in 1997, “Dang Me” became Grammy’s Hall of Fame Song recipient. Besides those accolades, Miller scored his foremost Top 10 single on the pop chart with the novelty song. Accordingly, it paved the way for the recording of a string of big hits for Miller.

Details of the Song

The late singer maintained that he wrote the song in barely four minutes in his official biography. He added that the writing was done in a hotel room in Phoenix, Arizona. However, his fellow country legend Johnny Cash would later claim that Miller penned the song in California. That was at the Joshua Tree to be exact. At that time, Cash asked what Miller was doing. The latter answered he’s writing a song and can’t be disturbed. Cash then concluded it was “Dang Me” that Miller was writing at that time.

Miller started the year 1964 recording “Dang Me” along with a musical band. Music producer Jerry Kennedy and music arranger Bill Justis were also around to witness Miller’s first recording. Such rehearsal went successfully considering the immeasurable triumphs that the song had reached. For a total of 25 weeks, the song enjoyed its presence in the country music chart. “Dang Me” has become a staple record for Miller appearing on his various compilations. The King of the Roadsinger would normally sing the song either on film or tape. Other artists also found the song fascinating and later made a cover of it. Buck Owens and Johnny Cash were among the artists who recorded their own interpretation of “Dang Me.” Below is a live performance of the song by Miller.

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