Music – 1981 – Michael Murphey & Great American Honky-Tonk Band Instrumental – Chicken In The Soup

Michael Martin Murphey was born on March 14, 1945, to Pink Lavary Murphey and Lois Murphey in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Texas….where he grew up with his brother, Mark….who is three years younger….and when he was six years old, he started riding horses on his grandfather’s and uncle’s ranches…..while years later he would remember sleeping on…

Music – 1983 – Roger Miller – Invitation To The Blues – Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

Roger Miller began his musical career as a songwriter in the late 1950’s….when he wrote such hits as “Billy Bayou” and “Home” for Jim Reeves….and “Invitation to the Blues” for Ray Price….when in 1953, Price formed his band, the Cherokee Cowboys…..and among its members during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s were Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Darrell McCall, Van Howard, Johnny Paycheck, Johnny…

Music – 1981 – Michael Murphy & The Great American Honky Tonk Band – Instrumental Fiddle Dance Jig

During the late 1970’s, Michael Martin Murphey recorded four albums….Swans Against the Sun in 1976….Flowing Free Forever in 1976….Lone Wolf in 1978….and Peaks, Valleys, Honky Tonks & Alleys in 1979…..as the album Swans Against the Sun produced his first country hits “A Mansion on the Hill” and “Cherokee Fiddle”….which also became a top ten hit for Johnny Lee…..when Murphey’s friends, John Denver, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels and Steve…

Music – 1983 – Roger Miller – You Cant Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd + Chug A Lug – Live At ACL

Although Roger Miller is usually grouped with country music singers….his unique style defies easy classification…..cuz many of his recordings were humorous novelty songs with whimsical lyrics….which was coupled with scat singing or vocalese riffs filled with nonsense syllables…..while others were sincere ballads which caught the public’s fancy….as with his signature song, “King of the Road”….when the biographical book Ain’t Got…

Music – 1983 – Michael Murphy & The Great American Honky Tonk Band – Once Youre A Drifter

After having posted more than a couple of Michael Martin Murphey videos here at ImaSportsphile….it comes to no surprise to me that I really like this man’s music…..since Murphey spent time in West Texas….and Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, was raised in God’s Country….there is already a kindred spirit going on….and I remember BD talking about “the…

Music – 1983 – Roger Miller + Wife Mary – Husbands And Wives – Performed Live At Austin City Limits

“Husbands and Wives” is a single written and recorded by American country music singer Roger Miller,  from his album Words and Music….which was released in February 1966….and was a crossover hit for him….while reaching the Top Ten on the U.S. country and Adult Contemporary charts….as well as Top 40 on the pop charts. Since the release of Miller’s original, the song has been…

Music – 1981 – Michael Murphey & The Great American Honky Tonk Band – Still Taking Chances – Live On ACL

“Still Taking Chances” is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Michael Martin Murphey….which was released in November 1981….as the third single from the album Michael Martin Murphey….when the song peaked at # 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles in early 1983….as well as at # 76 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Michael Martin Murphey is an American singer-songwriter….who is best…

Music – 1983 – Roger Miller + Willie Nelson Duet – Old Friends – With Willie Playing Electric Guitar

Roger Miller continued to record for different record labels….and charted a few songs….but stopped writing in 1978….after feeling that his more “artistic” works were not appreciated….as he disappeared from the entertainment business following the release of “Old Friends” in 1981….but returned after receiving an offer to write a Broadway score for a musical based upon Mark Twain’s Adventures…

Music – 1983 – Roger Miller – King Of The Road – Performed Live On Austin City Limits

“King of the Road“ is a song written and originally recorded in 1964 by country singer/songwriter Roger Miller….as the lyrics tell of the day-to-day life of a vagabond hobo….who despite being poor….a “man of means by no means”….revels in his freedom by describing himself humorously or possibly cynically as the “king of the road”….as it was Miller’s fifth single…