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Dave Dudley (May 3, 1928 - December 22, 2003) was a country music singer. Born David Darwin Pedriska, he is best known for his truck-driving country anthems of the 1960s and ’70s.

Dave Dudley is best-known for his trucker songs including “Six Days on the Road” and “Truck Drivin’ Son-of-a-Gun”. His duet with Tom T. Hall called “Day Drinking” demonstrated that he was not limited to trucking songs. He is one of the best-known singers of the truck-driving era in country music and was one of the icons in this category.

Dave was born in 1928 in Spencer, Wisconsin. He had a short career as a semi-professional baseball player. After he suffered an arm injury he was no longer able to play baseball. He then decided to pursue a career in country music. He was one of the earliest artists to record for National Recording Corporation on the NRC label.

He first appeared on the Country charts in 1961 with the song “Maybe I Do,” released by Vee Records. He later moved to Golden Wing Records. Two years later, in 1963, the label released the single “Six Days on the Road”. In 1963, Dudley moved on to Mercury records. Dave Dudley continued to have success into the 1970s. He continued to record for Mercury Records.

In the 1980s, Dave Dudley continued to record, but not as much as he once had. He remained popular in concert. In total, Dudley recorded more than 70 albums. However, he did not manage to reclaim his past success, and neither his single “Where’s that Truck?”, recorded with DJ Charlie Douglas, nor the track “Dave Dudley, American Trucker”, recorded in 2002 in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, helped revive his career.


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    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TheHagMan

    Great voice, and some really great songs. He was famous for Truckin' songs but he also cut some fantastic straight country songs. If you wonder where to start check out - "Truck Drivin' Son Of A Gun - The Mercury Hits 1963-1973" - 24 Hits on one CD. Includes the majestic "This Night (Ain't Fit For Nothing But Drinking)" - That is real country!!

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • wildtony40

    merry christmas........

    24 Dec 2011 Reply
  • mandodiaofreak

    Not bad.:)

    21 Jun 2010 Reply
  • theotherivan

    What a classic.

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • Cajungrandma

    Drove many a mile listening to Dave,,,,, Just any Trucker, They'll tell ya ...

    16 May 2009 Reply
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  • Richex

    No DUD!

    9 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Richex

    Keep on truck'n

    13 Oct 2008 Reply

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