Although she became famous for "Queen of the House," her response to Roger Miller's "King of the Road," Jody Miller pioneered a fusion of folk, country and pop that set the stage for the folky country-pop of the '70s.
Raised in Oklahoma,
she was born Myrna Joy Miller, and, inspired by the music of Joan Baez, learned
to play guitar at the age of 14. In 1963, Miller recorded her debut album
Wednesday's Child Is Full of Woe, which did fairly well and led to appearances
on Tom Paxton's folk music television show. In 1964, she had a minor pop hit
with "He Walks Like a Man" but her breakthrough arrived in 1965, when "Queen of
the House" reached number five on the country charts and number 12 on the pop
charts. Despite her success on the country charts, Miller continued to have more
hits as a pop act; "Silver Threads and Golden Needles," her follow-up to "Queen
of the House," was a minor hit in the summer of 1965. During the latter half of
the '60s, she released a handful of albums and singles, none of which gained
After a few years of semi-retirement, she began recording with Billy Sherrill in Nashville in late 1970; the result, "Look at Mine", was released in 1971 and featured a mixture of country-pop songs a few traditional tunes. The album produced her first string country hits, as "He's So Fine" and "Baby I'm Yours" reached the Top 10, and several other songs from the record reached the Top 40. Throughout 1972 and 1973, Miller hit the Top 10 with regularity. However, her comeback ended as quickly as it began — as of 1974, she no longer was able to crack the Top 40, although she did have a string of minor hits. She managed to bounce back into the Top 40 in 1977 with "Darling, You Can Always Come Back Home," but by and large, her career had stalled at that time.