Roger Miller

Dang Me

Composed by Roger Miller

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Country singer/songwriter/guitarist Roger Miller had scored a few country chart entries with RCA Victor Records in the early '60s before he switched to Mercury Records' Smash subsidiary and released "Dang Me" in 1964, but the self-written riff song was his first major country hit and his first crossover to the Top Ten of the pop charts, inaugurating a three-and-a-half-year period when he would consistently earn play on Top 40 radio. His breakthrough was an unlikely novelty number. Its hook was a rapidly played cadenza for two acoustic guitars that he matched with a scatting vocal. In between, he sang a set of near-nonsense verses in the first person about a wastrel who spends the grocery and rent money at a bar while his woman and infant child are waiting at home, followed by a chorus in which he declares that he should be hung and wonders if the woman would cry if he were. In 1964, the words had a good-old-boy charm that would probably be thought sexist, if anyone though much about it, in later decades. Of course, the point of the song was that jazzy instrumental section, which gave the song a catchiness that helped it break through the British Invasion and Motown domination of the pop charts in mid-1964. Since the song was relatively slight as a composition, it is surprising that "Dang Me" won the 1964 Grammy Award as Best Country & Western Song, but then Miller won a slew of Grammys that year in newly created country categories, so it was just part of a sweep. "Dang Me" remains the quintessential example of Miller's lighthearted humor, which brought him many more hits over the years.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Roger and Out 1964
No Image 1964 1:47
Golden Hits [Smash] 1965 Island/Def Jam 1:49
No Image 1980
Various Artists
Cruisin' 1964 1986
Various Artists
Increase Records 3:04
Best of Roger Miller: His Greatest Songs 1991 Curb 1:42
The Best of Roger Miller, Vol. 2: King of the Road 1992 Mercury 1:49
King of the Road [Epic] 1992 Epic
Wacky Weirdos 1992
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 1:50
No Image 1993 Pair
Country Spotlight 1993 Dominion 1:47
Country Music Classics, Vol. 17 (1960-65) 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 1:47
King of the Road [Bear Family] 1994 Brentwood Records 1:47
Dang Me: Hits 1994 Drive Archive 1:45
Deep in the Heart of Country 1994
Various Artists
Drive Archive 1:48
At His Best [PSM] 1995 Universal Special Products / PSM 1:50
King of the Road: The Genius of Roger Miller 1995 Mercury Nashville / Mercury 1:47
Gold Collection Artists, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
King / King 1:44
Country's Most Requested Songs 1996
Various Artists
ITC Masters / Intercontinental Records 1:44
Super Hits 1996 Sony Music Distribution
Country Legends [Intersound] 1996
Various Artists
Intersound 1:42
Golden Classics: 22 Classic Tracks 1996 Masters Intercontinental 1:45
Dang Me [Kingfisher] 1996 Kingfisher Records 1:44
The  Hits 1997 Mercury / PSM / PSM records 1:49
Roger Miller Live! 1997 Silver Eagle Classics / Silver Eagle Records 2:40
Legends of the Silver Eagle 1997
Various Artists
Silver Eagle Classics / Silver Eagle Records 2:39
The Best of Roger Miller [Spectrum] 1998 Spectrum Music 1:49
#1 Country Hits of 60s 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 1:49
King of the Road: Greatest Hits and Favorites 1998 Country Stars 1:44
Great Performances: Encore Collection 1998 BMG Special Products 1:45
Mega Country [10 CD] 1998
Various Artists
Americana Records, Inc.
Golden Hits [Masters] 1998 ITC Masters / Intercontinental Records 1:44
Greatest Hits [Unison] 1999 Unison 1:43
Greatest Hits [Platinum Disc] 1999 Platinum Disc Corp. / Platinum Disc 1:45
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Roger Miller 1999 Island/Def Jam / MCA 1:51
Classic Country: Country Tradition 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 1:50
Country Music Hall of Fame 1995 1999 King / King 1:45
Monster Mash & Other Love Songs 1999
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 1:47
Classic Country: 1960-1964 [1 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 1:51
Classic Country: 1960-1964 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 1:51
Now That's Country, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Music Mill 1:45
Live 2000 EMI-Capitol Special Markets 2:42
The Best of Country 2000 Direct Source 1:46
Country Gold: King of the Road 2000 Direct Source 1:45
The Very Best of Roger Miller 2000 Summit Records 1:44
The Best of Country Gold [Direct Source Box Set #2] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 1:45
Oh Boy Records Classics Presents Roger Miller 2000 Oh Boy 1:45
100 Country Greats 2000
Various Artists
Import 1:46
Hits You Remember: Live 2001 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:42
The Best of Roger Miller [St. Clair] 2001 St. Clair 1:45
Country Funnies 2001
Various Artists
Double Play Records 1:46
Roger Miller Classics 2002 Varese 1:46
David Allan Coe Presents Roger Miller 2002 Coe Pop Records 1:45
Country Gold [Direct Source 2003] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 1:45
No Image 2003 Mercury Nashville / Mercury / Universal 1:50
King of the Road [Prism] 2003 Prism Entertainment 1:43
Country Drinking Songs 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 1:45
The Greats Sing Country 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 1:47
Roger Miller [2003] 2003 Reader's Digest Music 1:44
World of Roger Miller 2004 Karussell 1:52
Platinum & Gold Collection 2004 RLG/BMG Heritage / RCA 1:44
Country Greats, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
CBUJ Distribution 1:44
20 Country Hits 2004
Various Artists
Music Mill 1:45
Country Legends 2004 St. Clair 1:44
Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Masters / Double Play Records 1:45
Country Highlights: I Walk the Line 2005
Various Artists
Double Pleasure
King of the Road [RCR/Cbuj] 2005 CBUJ Distribution 1:43
Classic Country: Crazy Country Hits 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 1:50
King of the Road: The Best of Roger Miller [K-Tel] 2005 K-Tel Distribution 1:50
Kooky Kountry: 2 CD Set 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 1:46
Essential Country, Vol. 2: Duets 2005
Various Artists
Country Hit Parade: The Best Darn Funny Country Songs 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 1:43
Big Country Hits 2006
Various Artists
CBUJ Distribution 1:44
Chug a Lug 2006 CBUJ Distribution 1:47
Country Hit Parade 2006 Direct Source 1:43
30 #1 Country Hits 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 1:44
The Greatest Country Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 1:49
30 #1 Country Hits of the 1960s 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 1:43
Timeless Hits 2007 KRB Music 1:45
Greatest Hits: Country Roads 2007
Various Artists
KRB Music 1:45
Pure 2007 Direct Source 1:43
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source
The Golden Age of Country [Time-Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 1:52
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1964 2011
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 1:50
King of the Road [Red Bus] 2011 Red Bus Digital 1:43
In the Summertime: The Best of Rodger Miller 2012 Red Bus Digital 1:43
King of the Road 2012 American Legends 1:46
Grand Old Opry Live Classics, Vol. 1 2012
Various Artists
Opry Music 2:33
Country: Roger Miller 2014 BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 1:44
Snapshot 2015 Hickory Records 1:45
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 1:52
No Image Fourmatt 1:51
No Image
Various Artists
Memories of Roger Miller K-Tel Distribution
The  Best of Classic Rock: Green Series
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 1:51
The  Great Roger Miller Great Records
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