Friday, May 3, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the late, great King of truck driving music, Dave Dudley

Happy Birthday, Dave Dudley!  Darwin Dave Pedruska was born in Spencer, Wisconsin in 1928. He grew up to be Dave Dudley, the acknowledged King of Truck Driving Music. Above, you'll find him bantering with Charlie Louvin' and singing "Truck Drivin' Son of a Gun". He always sang with authority (and he was a hell of a baseball player too). Such a Wisconsin boy - he never really left his hometown, and when he did, he was quick to return. In the video he tells the story of an 18 wheeler that slid off an icy road and smashed into his property in Spencer. After a concert in Deerfield, Wisconsin he handed a friend of mine a book entitled "Everything I Know About Fishing and Women by Dave Dudley." My friend opened the book. All the pages were blank.
His final recording was a collection of patriotic truck driving songs written in response to 9/11. My favorite of these new tunes tells the tale of an army of eighteen wheelers chasing down Osama Bin Laden. Priceless. Dave Dudley died in 2003 at his home in Spencer.