We interrupt our regularly scheduled program…

So—most medievalists are off to Kalamazoo, leaving the rest of us to entertain ourselves.

Fair enough. Let’s call a 48-hour moratorium on medievalism and try something different: a Roger Miller Video Tribute Weekend.

Everyone knows “King of the Road.” This version has an extra helping of Andy Williams.

Here’s a 1966 performance of “England Swings,” enhanced with some unbelievable backup dancers. If that version is too slow for you, enjoy this mesmerizing remix.

As the minstrel-rooster in Disney’s animated Robin Hood, Miller contributed three charming songs: “Whistle Stop,” “Oo-De-Lally,” and “Not in Nottingham.” (“Whistle Stop” you already know; a sped-up sample later accompanied the Internet’s ur-meme, the Hamster Dance.)

“In the Summertime” is pretty good, but Miller’s early-’90s performance of “Dang Me” is as sweet as maple surple.

Here’s Miller horsing around with Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, and Dean Martin.

Here’s an all-too-brief clip of Miller fiddlin’ away on “Orange Blossom Special.”

Some of us discovered melancholy when we first heard “One Dyin’ and a Buryin’.”

“Leavin’s Not the Only Way to Go” may get you misty-eyed, too.

Finally, there’s only one way to close out a Roger Miller Video Tribute Weekend: chicken medley!

One thought on “We interrupt our regularly scheduled program…

  1. Sometimes at work when it’s just a bit too tedious and horrifying I sing quietly to myself to get through it. “King of the Road” is one of my favorites for this purpose. I like to pretend that at any minute I might convert all of my belongings except maybe some changes of underwear and a toothbrush, into cash, invest in a sturdy backpack, and walk away. Cheers me right up. “Rocket Man” works too.


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