He’s back—the truckers’ troubador, Dave Dudley, with “SIx Days on the Road.”
We’ve featured Dave Dudley before at Mac’s Motor City Garage, performing his big hit “Truck Drivin’ Son of a Gun.” But actually it was this song, “Six Days on the Road,” that was Dudley’s first charting single, and it’s also usually credited as the one that launched trucker songs as a country music subgenre in the 1960s.
Written by Earl Green and Carl Montgomery, “Six Days” has been a hit single several times, most recently by Sawyer Brown in 1997. However, Dudley’s classic version, featuring his million-mile baritone, was the one selected as a wake-up song on the Space Shuttle. This live performance by Dudley is from The Porter Wagoner Show in 1973. Check out the lapels.