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October 30, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Complementary stories about widely admired country singer and songwriter Roger Miller provided a highlight of Tuesday's Writers Bloc session in Santa Monica featuring Johnny Cash biographer and longtime L.A. Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn with his guest for the evening, Kris Kristofferson. Hilburn, whose new book “Johnny Cash: The Life” was published Tuesday, told an audience of about 300 that he first met Kristofferson in 1970. It was shortly before he'd been hired full time by the newspaper, when he was pursuing an interview with Miller, who was in Los Angeles at the time.
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October 30, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Complementary stories about widely admired country singer and songwriter Roger Miller provided a highlight of Tuesday's Writers Bloc session in Santa Monica featuring Johnny Cash biographer and longtime L.A. Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn with his guest for the evening, Kris Kristofferson. Hilburn, whose new book “Johnny Cash: The Life” was published Tuesday, told an audience of about 300 that he first met Kristofferson in 1970. It was shortly before he'd been hired full time by the newspaper, when he was pursuing an interview with Miller, who was in Los Angeles at the time.
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October 26, 1992 | PATT MORRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roger Miller, the singer-songwriter whose sometimes offbeat country songs such as "King of the Road" earned him 11 Grammys in two years and made him a favorite pop and country minstrel, died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 56. Miller, whose best-known songs included "Dang Me," "Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd," "Chug-a-Lug" and "England Swings," died at Century City Hospital, said his manager, Stan Moress of Nashville, Tenn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Shelby Singleton, a maverick country music mogul and talent scout who launched the careers of Roger Miller and Ray Stevens before resuscitating the fabled Sun Records label to give new life to recordings by 1950s Sun discoveries including Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, has died. He was 77. Singleton died Wednesday in Nashville following a battle with brain cancer. He had been admitted to St. Thomas Hospital a week earlier after suffering a seizure, his longtime friend and associate Jerry Kennedy said Thursday.
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December 22, 1995 | ROBERT HILBURN
Roger Miller, who died in 1992 at age 56, was one of the most talented and honored songwriters of the modern pop-country era. He received 11 Grammys for such hits as "King of the Road" and "Dang Me," as well as a Tony for his songs for the Broadway musical "Big River." But Miller had a remarkably erratic career--with his best work (aside from "Big River") compressed into a three-year period in the 1960s.
BUSINESS
September 28, 1993 | DEBORA VRANA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Blaming sluggish car sales and the stagnant Southern California economy, the parent company of Roger Miller Honda and Roger Miller Mitsubishi has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. "We just got caught in these economic times," said Bill Van Den Hurk, the car dealerships' general manager. "Our location is great, and I believe Honda has come back stronger than ever." In a bankruptcy filing Friday by parent company S&R Auto Sales Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 1988 | ROBERT HILBURN, Terry Atkinson
"Golden Hits." Roger Miller. Smash. Attention, trivia fans: This budget package ($10.99 in one retail chain) may just be the shortest CD ever released on a major artist. At just 22 minutes and 34 seconds, "Golden Hits" checks in with a full 16 seconds less music than "50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong," widely regarded as the previous holder of this dubious distinction.
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May 2, 1994 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If Old Hollywood ever has an official last hurrah, it probably won't be markedly different from Thursday's benefit black-tie premiere of MGM's "That's Entertainment! III" at Mann's National in Westwood. The searchlights were burning and the red carpet was rolled out for the stars who made the spectacular MGM musicals of the '30s, '40s and '50s.
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November 12, 1992 | TODD EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Few pairings in Broadway history have been more inspired than that of Roger Miller and Mark Twain. The country singer/songwriter's music seems to have been drawn from traditional fiddle tunes and hymns, and his lyrics often display a literate, albeit down-home wit that fits beautifully with the 19th-Century author's rich prose. Miller supplied the songs for William Hauptman's adaptation of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 1995 | RICHARD CROMELIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Country music's big guns didn't exactly go home empty-handed from Wednesday's Country Music Assn. Awards show--Alan Jackson was named entertainer of the year for the first time, Vince Gill took his fifth straight male vocalist award, and Brooks & Dunn won top vocal duo for the fourth consecutive year.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 1995 | ROBERT HILBURN
Roger Miller, who died in 1992 at age 56, was one of the most talented and honored songwriters of the modern pop-country era. He received 11 Grammys for such hits as "King of the Road" and "Dang Me," as well as a Tony for his songs for the Broadway musical "Big River." But Miller had a remarkably erratic career--with his best work (aside from "Big River") compressed into a three-year period in the 1960s.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 1995 | RICHARD CROMELIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Country music's big guns didn't exactly go home empty-handed from Wednesday's Country Music Assn. Awards show--Alan Jackson was named entertainer of the year for the first time, Vince Gill took his fifth straight male vocalist award, and Brooks & Dunn won top vocal duo for the fourth consecutive year.
NEWS
May 2, 1994 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If Old Hollywood ever has an official last hurrah, it probably won't be markedly different from Thursday's benefit black-tie premiere of MGM's "That's Entertainment! III" at Mann's National in Westwood. The searchlights were burning and the red carpet was rolled out for the stars who made the spectacular MGM musicals of the '30s, '40s and '50s.
BUSINESS
September 28, 1993 | DEBORA VRANA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Blaming sluggish car sales and the stagnant Southern California economy, the parent company of Roger Miller Honda and Roger Miller Mitsubishi has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. "We just got caught in these economic times," said Bill Van Den Hurk, the car dealerships' general manager. "Our location is great, and I believe Honda has come back stronger than ever." In a bankruptcy filing Friday by parent company S&R Auto Sales Inc.
NEWS
November 12, 1992 | TODD EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Few pairings in Broadway history have been more inspired than that of Roger Miller and Mark Twain. The country singer/songwriter's music seems to have been drawn from traditional fiddle tunes and hymns, and his lyrics often display a literate, albeit down-home wit that fits beautifully with the 19th-Century author's rich prose. Miller supplied the songs for William Hauptman's adaptation of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
NEWS
October 26, 1992 | PATT MORRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roger Miller, the singer-songwriter whose sometimes offbeat country songs such as "King of the Road" earned him 11 Grammys in two years and made him a favorite pop and country minstrel, died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 56. Miller, whose best-known songs included "Dang Me," "Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd," "Chug-a-Lug" and "England Swings," died at Century City Hospital, said his manager, Stan Moress of Nashville, Tenn.
NEWS
December 11, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Faron Young, country singer and film actor whose string of hits included the classic Willie Nelson song "Hello Walls," died Tuesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 64. Young was taken to Columbia Summit Medical Center on Monday after a friend found him wounded at his home. A suicide note was discovered near him detailing Young's plans to kill himself, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Shelby Singleton, a maverick country music mogul and talent scout who launched the careers of Roger Miller and Ray Stevens before resuscitating the fabled Sun Records label to give new life to recordings by 1950s Sun discoveries including Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, has died. He was 77. Singleton died Wednesday in Nashville following a battle with brain cancer. He had been admitted to St. Thomas Hospital a week earlier after suffering a seizure, his longtime friend and associate Jerry Kennedy said Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 1988 | ROBERT HILBURN, Terry Atkinson
"Golden Hits." Roger Miller. Smash. Attention, trivia fans: This budget package ($10.99 in one retail chain) may just be the shortest CD ever released on a major artist. At just 22 minutes and 34 seconds, "Golden Hits" checks in with a full 16 seconds less music than "50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong," widely regarded as the previous holder of this dubious distinction.
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