King of the Road (song)
"King of the Road" is a 1964 song written and originally recorded by country singer Roger Miller
Roger Miller
Roger Dean Miller was an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor, best known for his honky tonk-influenced novelty songs...

The lyrics tell of a hobo
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 who despite being poor (a "man of means by no means") revels in his freedom, describing himself humorously as the "king of the road". It was Miller's fifth single for Smash Records.


Belgian recording artist Helmut Lotti
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 states that the song was written at the Idanha Hotel in Boise, Idaho
Boise, Idaho
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. In an interview with disk jockey Robert W. Morgan
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 in the early 70's, Miller mentioned writing it while in the Chicago area, however in an introduction to the song on the 1981 live recording "Roger Miller Live! Silver Eagle Cross Country," Miller said the song was written in Boise. The highly popular crossover
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 record hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100
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, and #1 on their Country and Easy Listening surveys. It was also #1 in UK and Norway.

The King Family Show
The King Family Show
The King Family Show was an American musical variety series that featured The King Sisters and their extended musical family. The series first aired on ABC from January 1965 to January 1966...

was a TV variety show
Variety show
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 broadcast from 1965 to 1969. Each week, the King Family would run through a medley of the popular tunes of the week. The family-oriented show producers were uncomfortable with the line "I ain't got no cigarettes", and replaced it with "no regrets". The kids music compilation Sugar Beats changes the line to "I don't want what I can't get". It also changes "worn out suits and shoes" to "clothes and shoes".

The song has been covered by several other artists, including George Jones
George Jones
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, Dean Martin
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, King
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 (an Elvis Presley
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 impersonation), Jack Jones
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, The Fabulous Echoes, Boney M., R.E.M. (a shambolic, drunken offhand cover about which guitarist Peter Buck later commented, "If there was any justice in the world, Roger Miller should be able to sue for what we did to this song."), Johnny Paycheck
Johnny Paycheck
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, The Chipmunks
The Chipmunks
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, Boxcar Willie
Boxcar Willie
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, Randy Travis
Randy Travis
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, Rangers
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, James Kilbane
James Kilbane
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, John Stevens
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, the Statler Brothers, Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright
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 & Teddy Thompson
Teddy Thompson
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, Giant Sand
Giant Sand
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, Peligro, The Proclaimers
The Proclaimers
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, Ray Conniff Singers and The Reverend Horton Heat
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, Jerry Lee Lewis, and
Joe Strummer during live performances.

The song is featured in Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders
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' 1976 film, Im Lauf der Zeit (In the Course of Time; English title Kings of the Road
Kings of the Road
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). It is also featured at the beginning of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
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, Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
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, Into the Wild
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and in Swingers. Miller performs it in the concert film The Big T.N.T. Show
The Big T.N.T. Show
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. The recording by The Proclaimers
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 featured in the film "The Crossing
The Crossing (1990 film)
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" (1990). Towards the end of their official music video, the pair are shown reading a newspaper whose headline is 'Roger Miller, King of Plugs'.

After the major success achieved by "King of the Road
King of the Road
- Music :* "King of the Road" , a 1965 song by Roger Miller* King of the Road , an album by Fu Manchu* King of the Road, an EP by The Proclaimers- Other uses :* King of the Road , a contest sponsored by Thrasher magazine...

" , Dean Martin
Dean Martin
Dean Martin was an American singer, film actor, television star and comedian. Martin's hit singles included "Memories Are Made of This", "That's Amore", "Everybody Loves Somebody", "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You", "Sway", "Volare" and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"...

 recorded the 1965 tune "Houston", which is similar in both lyrics and feel.

Roger Miller

Chart (1965) Peak
U.K. Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
Irish Singles Chart 5
Canadian RPM Top Singles 10

Randy Travis

Chart (1997) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 51
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 74

Queen of the House

1965 country music
Country music
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 singer Jody Miller
Jody Miller
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Answer song
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 "King of the Road" with "Queen of the House". The song used Roger Miller's music while changing the lyrics to describe the day-to-day life of a housewife
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. The words were written by Mary Taylor. Singer Connie Francis
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later recorded the song on her 1966 album "Live at the Sahara".
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