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Date Posted: Saturday, December 22, 04:46:08pm

Dave Dudley, 75; singer had hit with 'Six Days on the Road'
By Associated Press, 12/24/2003

DANBURY, Wis. -- Dave Dudley, who had a hit record in the 1960s with the truck-driving song "Six Days on the Road," died Monday of an apparent heart attack. He was 75.

Mr. Dudley recorded more than 70 albums during his career.

Born Darwin David Pudraska, he was dubbed "Duddy" by playground chums, a nickname that came in handy years later when he picked Dave Dudley as his stage name. He formed the Dave Dudley Trio in the early 1950s, and the band stayed together for seven years.

Mr. Dudley moved to Minnesota in 1960 and formed the Country Gentlemen. He got his big break in 1963, when he introduced "Six Days on the Road." It became a hit and solidified his image as a friend of the working class.
His wife, Marie, co-wrote songs with him for much of his career.

In 2002, following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Mr. Dudley returned to the studio to record "Dave Dudley, American Trucker," a hard-edged tribute to truckers that included two songs talking to terrorists who might want to tangle with the folks who drive the big rigs.

Mr. Dudley's life also included stints as a minor league baseball pitcher, a railyard worker, and a radio performer and disc jockey who worked in several Midwest states.

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