Chug-a-Lug (Roger Miller song)

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Chug-a-Lug - Roger Miller.jpg
Single by Roger Miller
from the album Roger and Out
ReleasedAugust 1964
Songwriter(s)Roger Miller
Producer(s)Jerry Kennedy[2]
Roger Miller singles chronology
"Dang Me"

"Chug-a-Lug" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Roger Miller. The song reached number 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1964, becoming his second pop hit.


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."[3]


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

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3
New Zealand (Lever) [4] 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ "Roger Miller - Chug-A-Lug (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  3. ^ a b Roger Miller interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  4. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 29 October 1964

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