Legendary country singer
Dave Dudley had his first big hit in 1963, when his 'Six Days On The Road' landed him a recording contract with the Mercury record label, and did much to set the popularity of truck-driving songs in motion.
He was often referred to as 'the father' of the genre, though he performed a great many songs on other subjects as well.
Dudley's Mercury albums from the 1960's and early '70's are all pretty amazing and iconic, each in their own way.
My personal favorite has long been 'Lonelyville', though its theme and mood was a bit of departure from the hell-raising, flag-waving, hard-drinking, and skirt-chasing songs found on most of the other LPs. I suppose there's still some drinking on this one, but it tends to be drinking done alone.
If the album had nothing on it but Tom T. Hall's 'Coffee, Coffee, Coffee' it would likely still be my favorite Dave Dudley record.
See also: (click for links)
- Click here to see album credits and personnel, song lyrics and liner notes, courtesy of LP Discography.
- Dave Dudley at allmusic
- 'Diesel Sniffing' - - Dave Dudley profile at WFMU's Beware of the Blog
From Dave Dudley's 'Lonelyville' LP,
(Mercury Records, 1966), Listen to:
Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)
Oh Lonesome Me
Seven Lonely Days
At The Junction
Time And Place
Journey To The Center Of Your Heart
That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome
Coffee, Coffee, Coffee
Just Call Me Lonesome
(click for audio)
- - OR download all 12 tracks in one 27.6 Mb zipfile.
ADDENDUM, 9.18.08: Another Dave Dudley LP posted!
Follow link to 1969's 'George And The North Woods'.