Story Behind the Song: ‘Dang Me’ by Roger Miller
Roger Miller not only scored his first number one hit with the song "Dang Me", but also established his persona.
This song would establish him as more than a great songwriter and singer. He would make his mark as a humorist.
It would in turn lead to many hits to come. At the time of the song's release, it was the most popular record out there for both country and pop.
"Dang Me" was Miller's first number one hit. It came out in 1964 and won that year's Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Song.
Miller himself wrote the song as he did most of his hits. His follow up song the same year was "Chug-a-Lug".
Miller, in his official biography, recalled writing the song in four minutes in a Phoenix, Arizona hotel room. As far as the recording of the legendary song, here's how it went down:
Newly signed with the Mercury Records subsidiary Smash Records, Miller gathered on January 10 and 11, 1964, with music producer Jerry Kennedy, music arranger Bill Justis, and session musicians Ray Edenton and Harold Bradley on guitars, Hargus "Pig" Robbins on piano, Bob Moore on bass, and Buddy Harman on drums at the Quonset Hut Studio on Nashville, Tennessee's Music Row.