On This Day: Country Singer Roger Miller Guest-Stars On ‘The Muppet Show’ in 1979

by Katie Maloney

Forty-two years ago today, country star Roger Miller appeared alongside everyone’s favorite puppets on “The Muppet Show.”

Singer, songwriter and actor, Roger Miller began his musical career in the 1950s by writing songs for performers Jim Reeves and Ray Price. But it wasn’t until a decade later that his career really took off. In the mid-1960s, Roger Miller transitioned from songwriting to recording and released several chart-topping songs. Some of these songs include, “King of the Road,” “Dang Me,” and “England Swings.” On his website, Miller talked about growing up in a poor family during the Great Depression. He said that, even as a kid, he always “craved” attention.

“What I’d do is sit around and get warm by crawling inside myself and make up stuff,” said Miller. “I was one of those kids that never had much to say, and when I did, it was wrong. I always wanted attention, always was reaching and grabbing for attention.”

Well, Roger Miller’s inner child certainly got all the attention he could ask for when he guest-starred on “The Muppet Show” in 1979.

Roger Miller performed several songs on “The Muppet Show”

Roger Miller Won a Tony Award For His Work in the Broadway Musical ‘Big River’

People knew Roger Miller for his novelty songs. And when you can sing novelty songs, you’re bound to be invited to do some cool work in theater and movies. And that’s exactly what Roger Miller did later in his career. In 1973, he performed several songs for the movie “Robin Hood.”

A few years later, he performed several funny songs with the Muppets. And a few years after that, he wrote the music and lyrics Tony Award−winning Broadway musical “Big River.” He even acted in the musical as well.

But his career didn’t end there. Decades after starting his career in music, Roger Miller teamed up with Ray Price and Willie Nelson. In 1982 the three released the song, “Old Friends.” The song became his final top 20 country hit before passing away in 1992.

Miller passed after battling lung cancer. And just three years after his passing Roger Miller was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Country music icons still cover his songs today. alan Jackson recorded his version of Miller’s “Tall, Tall Trees. Brooks & Dunn covered Miller’s song, “Husbands and Wives.” Both cover songs reached the number one spot on the country charts in the 1990s.