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Roger Miller Brings Classic Country To A New Television Audience

AP Photo2 months ago In this publicity image released by Fox, Cloris Leachman, left, and Martha Plimpton are shown in a scene from the comedy series, “Raising Hope.”

Roger Miller made numerous appearances on late night comedy shows in the early sixties not knowing his tunes would be roaming the airwaves on a prime-time television sitcom more than forty years later. Miller considered journeying to Hollywood to become an actor after being dropped from a recording label early on in his career but with no money decided instead to record a $1600 16 song deal with Smash records. His first two hits “Chug a Lug” and “Dang Me” hit #1 and #3 on the country chats and even climbed the Billboard Top 100, but for those of you who don’t know Roger Miller “Do Wacka Do” may ring a bell. Miller received a posthumous induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995 after passing away from lung cancer in 1992, and he is now receiving a lot of attention after “Do Wacka Do” became the infamous car ride tune in Fox Television’s new show “Raising Hope” about a modern day family some would consider a little odd. “Raising Hope” much like Miller considers the lighter side of life even when the subject matter is rather serious. I’m delighted to see the Fox hit bringing an artist and even a genre of music to a new  listening audience. “Raising Hope” appears on Fox Tuesday evenings check for local times and listings and click below for a little taste of “Do Wacka Do.” Log onto to see current episodes of “Raising Hope.” A new episode is expected tonight Tuesday January 25th. Enjoy!

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