Dave Dudley (born David Darwin Pedruska; May 3, 1928 – December 12, 2003) was an American country music singer best known for his truck-driving country anthems of the 1960s and 1970s and his semi-slurred bass. His signature song was "Six Days on the Road", and he is also remembered for "Vietnam Blues", "Truck Drivin' Son-of-a-Gun", and "Me and ol' C.B.". Other recordings included Dudley's duet with Tom T. Hall, "Day Drinking", and his own Top 10 hit, "Fireball Rolled A Seven", supposedly based on the career and death of Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts.
Early life and rise to fame
Born in Spencer, Wisconsin, Dudley's grandparents came from Königsberg in East Prussia, Germany. At the age of eleven he was given a guitar by his grandfather and learned to play the chords.