Dave Dudley Cause of Death: The Country Legend Who Sang for the Truckers

A Pioneer of Truck-Driving Songs

Dave Dudley, a country music singer regarded by many as the “father of truck driving songs”, has died. He was 75.

Dudley was born David Darwin Pedruska on May 3, 1928, in Spencer, Wisconsin. He started his career as a radio disc jockey and a semi-pro baseball player, until an arm injury ended his athletic aspirations. He then pursued his passion for country music, forming the Dave Dudley Trio in 1953.

A Breakthrough with “Six Days on the Road”

Dudley’s career took off in 1963, when he recorded “Six Days on the Road”, a song written by Earl Green and Earl Montgomery, and passed along to him by Jimmy C. Newman. The song captured the life and spirit of the American trucker, with lyrics such as “I’m taking little white pills and my eyes are open wide” and “I’m a little overweight and my log book’s way behind”. The song was a huge success, reaching No.

Dudley signed with Mercury Records and continued to record truck driving songs, such as “Truck Drivin’ Son-of-a-Gun”, “There Ain’t No Easy Run”, “One More Mile”, and “Trucker’s Prayer”. He also scored his only No. 1 hit with “The Pool Shark”, a duet with Tom T. Hall, in 1970. Dudley’s songs influenced several films and TV shows about truckers, such as Smokey and the Bandit and Movin’ On.

A Legacy of Passion and Excellence

Dudley’s chart success continued through the 1970s and 1980s, on various labels such as Mercury, Rice, and United Artists. His last charted single was “Rolaids, Doan’s Pills and Preparation H”, in 1980.

Dudley’s death shocked and saddened many people who knew him or enjoyed his work. His colleagues, friends, and fans expressed their condolences and tributes on social media, remembering him for his passion and excellence in his craft.

Dave Dudley’s cause of death was a heart attack, but his legacy of passion and excellence lives on in his family, friends, and fans. He will be dearly missed by many who were inspired by his voice and his spirit. May he rest in peace.