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Dave Dudley

Dave Dudley (born David Darwin Pedruska, May 3, 1928, Spencer, WI) is the father of truck driving country music. With his 1963 song "Six Days on the Road," he founded a new genre of country music -- a variation of honky tonk and rock-inflected country that concentrated lyrically on the lifestyles of truck drivers. Dudley had a string of Top 15 singles that ran through the '60s, while he continued to have Top 40 hits well into the '70s, establishing himself as one of the most popular singers of his era.

At the age of 11, Dudley's father gave him a guitar, but he had his heart set on being a baseball player. Throughout his teenage years he played ball, becoming a member of the Gainesville Owls as a young adult. However, his career was cut short by an arm injury. Following his retirement from baseball, he became a DJ at a local Texas station, where he would sometimes play along with the songs on the air. The station owner encouraged to become a performer, and Dudley followed the advice.

Dudley moved to Idaho in the early '50s, where he formed the Dave Dudley Trio, which didn't have much success in its seven years together. In 1960, following the breakup of the trio, he moved to Minneapolis, where formed a group called the Country Gentlemen, which quickly built up a dedicated following. His career was thrown off track in December of 1960, when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver as he was packing his guitar into his car. After several months, he was recovered and managed to secure a record deal with Vee Records. His first single, "Maybe I Do," was minor hit in the fall of 1961 and was followed by another minor hit, "Under Cover of the Night," the following year on Jubilee Records.

In the summer of 1963, he had his breakthrough hit, "Six Days on the Road," which was released on Golden Wing. The song became a massive success, peaking at number two on the country charts and making the pop Top 40. That same year, he signed with Mercury Records, releasing his first single for the label, "Last Day in the Mines," by the end of the year. Throughout the '60s, he had a long string of truck driving singles, including "Truck Drivin' Son-of-a-Gun," "Trucker's Prayer," "Anything Leaving Town Today," "There Ain't No Easy Run," and "Two Six Packs Away." By the end of the decade, he was also making conservative, good-old-boy anthems as well.

During the early '70s, he had several hits -- notably the 1971 Top Ten singles "Comin' Down" and "Fly Away Again" -- but by the beginning of the '80s, he was no longer a presence on the charts. His last hit single was 1980's "Rolaids, Doan's Pills and Preparation H." During the '80s and '90s, Dudley didn't record much, but he remained a popular concert draw. And truck drivers still loved him -- the Teamsters Union awarded him an honorary, solid-gold membership card. Dudley died of a heart attack at his Wisconsin home on December 12, 2003. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Truckin' Right up to the End

1. Eighteen Wheels a Hummin' Home Sweet Home

2. Six Days on the Road (Re-Recording)

3. Freightliner Fever

4. Truckin' Dad (Re-Recording)

5. San Antonio Rose

6. Movin' On

7. Give Me Forty Acres (To Turn This Rig Around)

8. Texas Ruby (Re-Recording)

9. One A.M. Alone

10. I'll Have Another Cup of Coffee (Then I'll Go)

11. Jacknife

12. Phantom 309 (Re-Recording)

13. Keep on Truckin'

14. Little Joe

15. Me and Ole C.B. (Re-Recording)

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Track List: On the Highway Again

1. East Bound and Down

2. Just a Few More Miles

3. D.J. Memphis Joe

4. Hey Good Lookin'

5. Truck Drivin' Man (Re-Recording)

6. Girl on the Billboard

7. My Pick'em up Truck

8. Truck Drivin' Son-of-a-Gun (Re-Recording)

9. Ode to 10-33

10. I Can See You in the Windshield

11. Southbound and Down

12. Giddyup Go

13. Walkin' the Floor over You

14. Truck Driver's Prayer

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Track List: 21 Truckin' Hits

1. Big Wheelin Son of a Gun

2. Deutschland Autobahn

3. Don't Mess With U. S. Truckers

4. Freedom of the Road

5. I Want a Woman With a Handle

6. I'm Proud to Say I Drive a Truck

7. Me and Ole C. B.

8. My Pick'em Up

9. One A.M. Alone

10. Rollin' On We Gone

11. Rollin' Rig

12. Sending the Old Man Home

13. Six Days On the Road

14. South Bound and Down

15. Sugarland U S A

16. Texas Ruby

17. There Ain't No Easy Run

18. Truck Drivin' Son of a Gun

19. Trudking Dad

20. Wandering Truck Drivin' Man

21. You Ain't Gonna Truck With Us

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Track List: Eastbound and Down: Classic Trucker Songs for the Open Road

1. East Bound and Down

2. Six Days on the Road

3. Truck Drivin' Son of a Gun

4. Me and Ole C. B.

5. Hey Good Lookin'

6. Keep on Truckin'

7. San Antonio Rose

8. Truck Drivin' Man

9. Truck Driver's Prayer

10. Girl on the Billboard

11. I'll Have Another Cup of Coffee (Then I'll Go)

12. Eighteen Wheels Hummin' Home Sweet Home

13. Jackknife

14. Ode to 10-33

15. Texas Ruby

16. Gimme Me 40 Acres (To Turn this Rig Around)

17. One A. M. Alone

18. Just a Few More Miles

19. Movin' On

20. I Can See You in the Windshield

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Track List: King of Country

1. Big Old House

2. Boo On You

3. Cowboy Boots

4. I Just Don't Like This Kind of Living

5. I Think I'll Cheat a Little Tonight

6. If I Can Just Hold Out a Little Longer

7. Where Did All the Cowboys Go

8. All I Want for Christmas Is You for Me

9. Can I Sing a Christmas Song for You

10. Jingle Bells

11. Lonely Christmas Again

12. Oh Christmas Tree

13. Oh Come All Ye Faithful

14. Old Time Merry Christmas

15. Reverend Nicholas

16. Silent Night

17. Six Tons of Toys

18. White Christmas

19. So Come All Ye Faithful, Take Her By the Hand

20. I Feel a Cry Coming On

21. Faded Love

22. Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling

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Track List: American Trucker

1. A Friend Named Wine

2. Been Around the Horn

3. Big Stuff

4. Comin'down

5. Counterfeit Cowboy

6. Denims and Diamonds

7. Don't Need the Rain

8. Farewell Two Arms

9. Fireball Rolled a Seven

10. Have It Your Way

11. Homer and Cole

12. I Can't Remember You

13. I Do

14. I Have Been Known Not to Go Home

15. If I Could Change Mary's Mind

16. Let Me Dream

17. Mary Lou, You Took the Party With You

18. My Home Town Made a Change

19. My Pick 'Em Up

20. Alligator Man

21. Seventeen-Seventy-Six

22. Under Cover of the Night

23. Where Does a Little Boy Go

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Track List: Deutschland Autobahn

1. You Ain't Gonna Truck With Us

2. Freedom of the Road

3. Back Home

4. I'm Proud to Say to Drive a Truck

5. I'm Going Home

6. Don't Mess With U.S.-Truckers

7. Wandering Truck Drivin' Man

8. Big Weelin' Son of a Gun

9. I Want a Woman With a Handle

10. Sending the Old Man Home

11. Me and Ole C.B.

12. Six Days On the Road (New Recording)

13. I Was Country Before Barbara Mandrell

14. Get Me Back to Tennessee

15. Fly Away Again

16. Eagles Fly Alone

17. Deutschland Autobahn

18. Afraid of a Heartache

19. Ain't That a Shame

20. Before My Time

21. I Wish They'd Let Me Do That

22. Lying Eyes

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Track List: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection - The Best Of Dave Dudley

1. Six Days On The Road

2. Cowboy Boots

3. Last Day In The Mines

4. Mad

5. Two Six Packs Away

6. Truck Drivin' Son-Of-A-Gun

7. What We're Fighting For

8. There Ain't No Easy Run

9. Please Let Me Prove (My Love For You)

10. The Pool Shark

11. Comin' Down

12. Fly Away Again

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Track List: Hits

1. Six Days On The Road

2. Truck Drivin' Son Of A Gun

3. Under Cover Of Night

4. Comin' Down

5. There Ain't No Easy Run

6. The Pool Shark

7. Me & Ole C.B.

8. Cowboy Boots

9. Fly Away Again

10. Fireball Rolled A "7"

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Track List: Trucker Classics

1. Six Days On The Road

2. Mad

3. Truck Driving Man

4. The Pool Shark

5. One More Mile

6. Two Six Packs Away

7. Girl On The Billboard

8. Fly Away Again

9. Me And Ole CB

10. Squaws Along The Yukon

11. How Fast Them Trucks Can Go

12. Freightliner Fever

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Track List: Six Days On The Road

1. Six Days On The Road

2. There Ain't Noe Easy Runs

3. Fly Away Again

4. Eagle

5. Freightliner Fever

6. Cowboy Boots

7. Mad

8. A Tombstone Every Mile

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Track List: Interstate Gold

1. White Line Fever

2. How Fast Them Trucks Can Go

3. Girl On The Billboard

4. Truck Driving Man

5. Give Me Forty Acres

6. East Bound And Down

7. Movin' On

8. A Tombstone Every Mile

9. Freightliner Fever

10. The Last Run

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Track List: King Of The Road

1. King Of The Road

2. John Henry

3. Eagle

4. Pick 'Em Up

5. Where Did Everybody Go

6. Driver

7. Maybe I Can

8. Rolaids, Doan's Pills And Preparation H

9. Cowboy, You're America

10. Nothin' For A Dollar Blues

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Track List: Truck Drivin' Son-Of-A-Gun

1. Six Days On The Road (Album Title Version)

2. Have It Yur Way

3. Truck Drivin' Son Of A Gun (Album Title Version)

4. Please Let Me Prove (My Love For You)

5. Rollin' Rig

6. If It Feels Good Do It

7. Canadian Sunset

8. John Henry

9. It Takes Time

10. The Pool Shark (Album Title Version)

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I grew up on this... amazing I found it
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My daddy turned me loose with an R model Mack in 1972 I was 6 years old.
Man that was cool.
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My Grandpa delivered gas with a truck, maybe he listened to stuff like this--good simple music...THER E AIN'T NO easy run--
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. TOMMARROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOUVE STARTED READING THIS DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINS. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPER IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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I never knew that I live less than an hour n half from where he lived!
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Love them truck driving songs!
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alr294
Driving is the best and easiest job I've ever had. If you see 2003 W900 hauling doubles on the east coast give me a shout
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Yes bhe was onee truck drivin son of a gun"!
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Driving a truck will tear a man down.
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He is right most don't have the balls to drive atruck
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There aint no easy run ! aint that the truth !
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He's one of my favorites. I first heard six days on the road and I was hooked on his music and trucking era music. I really liked Piece of the Road in the movie Deadhead Miles.
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My hero
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"Hillbilly Wolf"
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If you have ever watched the movie Deadhead Miles you would have heard a song called Piece of the Road by Dave Duddley,but I can't find it anywhere
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How about Momma, Tell Them What We're Fighting For?
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one of my all time favorites

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