|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||rock classic rock pub rock scottish soul country-rock country blue-eyed soul blues|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
17 December 1931, Victoria, Texas, USA. Miller was a moderately successful honky-tonk singer during the late 50s and early 60s, reaching the height of his fame with the Top 5 hit "Black Land Farmer". He originally formed the Drifting Texans at college, before signing to the Houston-based Guilt Edge in 1951 and recording several sides. After a spell of service in Korea, Miller signed to Columbia Records in 1954 and recorded a dozen sides that failed to place on the charts. After several one-off singles for independent labels, he was signed to Starday Records by Don Pierce in 1959. "Black Land Farmer" was an immediate hit, followed by "Family Man" (number 7) in October. Miller was never as successful again, with only "Baby Rocked Her Dolly" (1960) and "A Little South Of Memphis" (1964) breaking the Top 40. He moved to United Artists Records in 1965, but by the late 60s had retired from music to work as a car salesman in Arlington, Texas. Following a low-key recording...