Dave Dudley

Will the Real Dave Dudley Please Sing

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Will the Real Dave Dudley Please Sing is supposed to show the many sides of Dudley's artistry, and the cover sports photos of Dudley in three personas: the city sophisticate, the country gentleman, and the truck-driving son-of-a-gun. The truck-driver image fittingly appears last in the order, since only two songs, "Through Hell and Half of Georgia" and "I Can See You in the Windshield," concern trucks. Apparently, the "real" Dave Dudley is a country crooner, if the preponderance of such material on the album is any indication. One of these songs, "Fly Away Again," became Dudley's last major hit, but he is remembered mainly for his truck driving country songs, and few listeners will care to hear his renditions of pop songs like "Fools Rush In." The one hidden gem is Tom T. Hall's humorous "Tulsa Telephone Book," on which Dudley's swaggering vocal performance sounds like a cross between Elvis Presley and John Wayne.

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