Dave Dudley Biography

Darwin David Pedruska, 3 May 1928, Spencer, Wisconsin, USA, d. 22 December 2003, Danbury, Wisconsin, USA. In 1950, after an arm injury had ruined a baseball career, Dudley turned to performing country music. Following successful broadcasts in Idaho, he formed the Dave Dudley Trio in 1953. In 1960, Dudley was struck by a car while packing equipment, and spent several months in hospital. He had his first US country successes, ‘Maybe I Do’ and ‘Under The Cover Of Night’, and, also in 1961, he reluctantly recorded the up-tempo ‘Six Days On The Road’ to please a friend. In 1963 he released it on his own Golden Wing label and it reached number 32 in the US pop charts. The song spawned a new genre of songs about truckers, usually depicting them as hard-living, hard-loving macho men. Dudley declares, ‘I like my woman everywhere I go’, in ‘Truck Drivin’ Son-Of-A-Gun’. Dudley’s numerous trucking songs included ‘Two Six Packs Away’, ‘There Ain’t No Easy Run’, ‘One More Mile’, ‘The Original Travelling Man’, ‘Trucker’s Prayer’ and ‘Truck Driver’s Waltz’, many of them being written by, and sometimes with, Tom T. Hall. In 1970, Dudley had a number 1 country hit with ‘The Pool Shark’ and recorded a duet with Hall, ‘Day Drinkin’’. He recorded for Sun Records in 1980 and had some success with ‘Rolaids, Doan’s Pills And Preparation H’. His comedy single, ‘Where’s That Truck?’, with the truckers’ favourite disc jockey, Charlie Douglas, did not revive his career. He died of a heart attack in December 2003.


Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.


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