Roger and Out

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Roger and Out
Studio album by Roger Miller
Released May 1964
Genre Country
Label Smash Records/Vertigo Records
Producer Jerry Kennedy
Roger Miller chronology
Roger and Out
(1964)
The Return of Roger Miller
(1965)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link

Roger and Out was the debut album of country music artist Roger Miller. It was released under the Smash Records label in 1964, and later re-released in 2005 under Vertigo Records, adding the track "Smile of Me." The second release did not chart but the first reached #3 on country album charts and #37 on the Billboard 200, and was ultimately certified as Gold by the RIAA.

Two singles were released from the album including "Chug-a-Lug" and "Dang Me." Both peaked in the top 10 on the Country, Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian charts, with the latter handing Miller the first #1 hit of his recording career.

The album took only two days to record, and did not include all material cut from the session, however Roger and Out was the first release of material from this period. It was composed of more than the customary 10 tracks because half of the songs were less than two minutes in length.

Reception[edit]

Critics were astonished at how well the first single had done, considering its differences with the British Invasion material dominating radio at the time. Allmusic reviewed the album long after its release, and gave it 4 stars, citing the "unique" and "rich" talent of Miller, displayed on the album. "Chug-a-Lug" and "Dang Me" were mentioned as "classics" and the track "Got Two Again," was described as "catchy." Although the reviewer stated that the "playing" on the album was "top notch" and "the concept original," the record's shortness was criticized and compared to trying to drive to "Nashville on half a tank of gas." [1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Roger Miller [1]

No. Title Length
1. "Chug-a-Lug"   2:02
2. "The Moon Is High (And So Am I)"   1:56
3. "Private John Q."   1:45
4. "Lou's Got the Flu"   1:42
5. "It Takes All Kinds to Make a World"   2:27
6. "Dang Me"   1:47
7. "Got 2 Again"   2:17
8. "I Ain't Comin' Home Tonight"   2:00
9. "That's Why I Love You Like I Do"   2:05
10. "Squares Make the World Go Round"   1:33
11. "If You Want Me To"   1:57

Chart[edit]

Chart (1964)[2] Peak
position
U.S. Top Country Albums 3
U.S. Billboard 200 37

Singles[edit]

Year Song US Country [3] US [3] CAN
1964 "Dang Me" 1 7 6
1964 "Chug-a-Lug" 3 9 23

Personnel[edit]

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References[edit]