Powell's prose is a lovin' look at our most beloved Dino, our King of Cool, and country music singer Roger Miller, known as the King of the Road 'cause of his his greatest country hit of the same tag. Matt does a fine job of mixin' pix, prose, and vids to demonstrate to his readership how Dino and Roger "were quite similar in many ways."
We are especially delighted to have Powell share two grand and glorious clips of Dino and Roger taken from the Dino-show. We delight in the remarkable rapport these two greats have in sharin' comic moments and well as croonin' together. Here are to fun guys havin' some fantastic fun together.
ilovedinomartin sez thank you very much to Mr. Matt Powell and all the pallies at "Humor In America" for this purely powerfully potent post that is sure to lead many more to growin' in lovin' our most beloved Dino and his pallie Roger Miller. Likes to checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram. Dino-delightedly, DMP
Dean Martin and Roger Miller may seem an unlikely pair at first, but the two entertainers were quite similar in many ways. They both possessed an inviting, conversational vocal style, a sharp, playful wit, a natural ability at improvisation and an endless supply of humor and charm.
Roger Miller was a country music superstar who achieved cross-over commercial success with infectious masterpieces like “King of the Road” and “Dang Me.” Martin was a pop and film icon who had a sincere affection for country music and recorded several country albums, beginning with 1963’sCountry Style. Dino even covered a few Roger Miller songs.
Here’s a clip of these two flip sides of the same coin in a sketch from The Dean Martin Show about fishing, drinking and a “Dang Me” duet. And just as Dean Martin could wrap himself around a heartfelt ballad with the best of the crooners, so too did Roger Miller have a gift for poignant ballads. The clip closes with Miller singing his masterful “Husbands and Wives” at Dino’s request.
Roger Miller made four appearances on The Dean Martin Show between 1966-68. Here they meet up in Season 1 for some humorous wordplay. Miller calls out for a number, Martin answers with 21, and the two begin to seemingly write a song on the spot. (Of course the song, “Got 2 Again,” had already been written and recorded by Miller – the record begins by Miller calling out for “a number between 20 and 22” – released as the B-side to “Dang Me.” But why spoil the fun?)