Chug-a-Lug (Roger Miller song)

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"Chug-a-Lug"
Single by Roger Miller
from the album Roger and Out
A-side Chug-a-Lug
B-side Reincarnation[1]
Released August 1964
Genre country music
Length 2:02
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Roger Miller
Roger Miller singles chronology
"Dang Me"
(1964)
"Chug-a-Lug"
(1964)
"Do-Wacka-Do"
(1964)

"Chug-a-Lug" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Roger Miller. The song reached number 9 on the U.S. charts in 1964, becoming his second pop hit.

Content[edit]

The song is a humorous reminiscence of youthful encounters with homemade alcoholic beverages. The expression "chug-a-lug" refers to quickly downing a drink, and the lyrics describe the singer's reaction to the extra-strong liquor. Example: "I swallered it with a smile / (sound of swallowing) / I run ten mile! Chug-a-lug, chug-a-lug / Makes you want to holler, 'Hi-dee-ho!' / Burns your tummy, don't ya know / Chug-a-lug, chug-a-lug."[2]

History[edit]

Miller said that the song was based on a true story of a friend of his who "could drink a beer in 3 seconds.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3
Canadian RPM Top Singles 23

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b Roger Miller interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969).

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