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Encyclopedia > Dave Dudley
Dave Dudley

Background information
Birth name David Darwin Pedruska
Born May 3, 1928
Origin Spencer, Wisconsin
Died December 22, 2003
Genre(s) Country Music
Occupation(s) singer
Years active 1961-2003
Label(s) Golden Wing Records, Mercury Records
Associated
acts
Dick Curless, Del Reeves, Tom T. Hall

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 song anthems of the 1960s and '70s. Image File history File links DaveDudleyAmerica. ... May 3 is the 123rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (124th in leap years). ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Spencer is a village located in Marathon County, Wisconsin. ... December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... Richard William Curless (March 17, 1932 – May 25, 1995) was an American country-music singer, a pioneer of the trucking music genre, commonly known as the Baron of Country Music. ... Del Reeves (born July 14, 1933) is a country singer, best known for his girl-watching novelty-type songs of the 1960s. ... Tom T. Hall (born May 25, 1936 in Olive Hill, Kentucky) is an American country balladeer and songwriter. ... May 3 is the 123rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (124th in leap years). ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...

Contents

Early life and rise to fame

Dave Dudley is probably best-known for his trucker songs. With such songs as "Six Days on the Road" and "Truck Drivin' Son-of-a-Gun", he made these songs truckers from all over the country could sing along to. He wasn't just involved in truck-driving songs, but also other works. His duet with Tom T. Hall called "Day Drinking" proved this. 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. Tom T. Hall (born May 25, 1936 in Olive Hill, Kentucky) is an American country balladeer and songwriter. ...


Dave was born in 1928 in Spencer, Wisconsin. In his earlier years, he actually started out as a semi-professional baseball player. However, he suffered an arm injury and therefore was not able to play baseball. Instead, he decided to pursue a career in music, more specifically Country music, and he was one of the earliest artists to record for National Recording Corporation on the NRC label. Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Spencer is a village located in Marathon County, Wisconsin. ... // Early years National Recording Corporation was incorporated in Atlanta in 1958. ...


Dudley was injured, this time in a car accident in 1960, shortly setting back his career in music. He appeared first 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". 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...


Height of his career

Nobody expected what the song would do for Dudley's career. The song immediately became a hit for Dudley. The song was written by Earl Green and Peanut Montgomery. That same year, Dudley moved on to Mercury records. By the end of 1963 he released his first single from the label called "Last Day in the Mines". For the rest of the 1960s, Dave Dudley scored more big hits. Some of these hits were "Truck Drivin' Son-Of-a-Gun", "Trucker's Prayer" and "Anything Leaving Town Today". However, his signature song "Six Days on the Road" has remained a trucker's classic as well as a Country classic, never to be forgotten in this genre. At the end of the 60s, Dave was also recording more conservative songs as well, however, not really changing his image in anyway. Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ...


Dave's career however, was not over in the 1970s. In fact, he continued to have success in this decade as well. He continued to record for Mercury Records in the 70s. He had some Country Top Tens in the 70s like the songs "Comin' Down" and "Fly Away Again". These songs both made the charts in the early 70s. His iconic status in the truck-driving world continued to grow. By the late 70s, his success on the charts was beginning to fade. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ...


By the 1980s, his chart success was not even evident anymore. However, he did have a good run, in terms of chart success. Overall, in his career during the 60s and 70s, Dave scored thirty-three Top 40 Country hits, which was quite amazing for the time in Country music. The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ...


Decline and death

In the 1980s, Dave Dudley didn't stop recording. He continued to record but not as much as he used to. However, he remained popular in concert. During this time, he was elected to the Nashville Teamsters Truck Drivers Union. This showed that the public, especially truck drivers, still loved him and his truck-driving songs. He received a solid gold membership card from the union. He also found out during this time, he had a big fan base in Europe and decided to try to appeal more to this market. World map exhibiting the location of Europe. ...


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. It is also quite amazing that not much of his hits has made it onto CDs and albums. This makes his vinyl junkies more precious. DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ...


Dudley died on December 22, 2003 after suffering a heart attack at his home in Wisconsin. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ...


Sources

  • Country Music:The Rough Guide; Wolff, Kurt; Penguin Publishing
  • LP Discograhy.com

External links

  • Dave Dudley profiled in WFMU's Diesel Sniffing Series
  • CMT.com: "Six Days on the Road" Singer Dave Dudley Dead at 75

  Results from FactBites:
 
CMT.com : Dave Dudley : Biography (440 words)
Dave Dudley was born with the name David Darwin Pedruska on May 3, 1928, in Spencer, Wis. He was raised in Stevens Point, Wis., and played on semi-pro baseball teams until an arm injury forced an end to his athletic career in 1950.
Dudley was sidelined for several months in 1960 after being struck by a car while loading equipment following a performance in Minneapolis.
Although Dudley was initially reluctant to record the up-tempo song, "Six Days on the Road" helped him land a recording contract with Mercury Records.
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