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The song was initially recorded by Paul Davis not to be confused with singer-songwriter Paul Davis and was released in on the Bulletin label. Inthe song became a major hit when released by Dave Dudleypeaking at 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and cracking the Top 40 32 on the Hotleading to it being hailed as the definitive celebration of the American truck driver. Inmore than 30 years after Dudley's original version charted, country music band Sawyer Brown took the song back to 13 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
According to country music historian Bill Malone"Six Days Darlin Mine - Dave Dudley - On The Road the Road" was not the first truck driving song; Malone credits "Truck Driver's Blues" by Cliff Bruner, released inwith that distinction. However, "Six Days", Malone continued, "set off a Darlin Mine - Dave Dudley - On The Road for such songs" that continued for many years.
McCallSteve Earleamong many others—recorded successful truck driving songs during the next 25 years. Several of those artists—Dudley included—became almost exclusively associated with songs about truck drivers and life on the road.
Dudley "strikingly captures the sense of boredom, danger and swaggering masculinity that often accompanies long-distance truck driving. His macho interpretation, with its rock-and-roll overtones, is perfect for the song. Allmusic writer Bill Dahl, called "Six Days" the "ultimate overworked rig driver's lament;"  indeed, the song's lyrics bemoan highway patrolmen, scale weigh-ins and loneliness for the narrator's girlfriend, and speak of using "little white pills" to keep him awake.
Like Malone, Dahl also cited Dudley's voice as perfect for the song, as "his bottomless pipes were certainly the ultimate vehicle for its delivery, reeking of too much turbid coffee and too many non-filtered cigarettes.
Dudley's version was also played during the STS-3 mission as a wake-up call. The record spent 21 weeks on this chart, and it also became a minor hit on Top 40 radio stations, peaking at No. It was also listed at number 13 on their easy listening survey.
Sawyer Brown included the song on their album Six Days on the Road. Their version peaked at No. They changed the line "I'm taking little white pills" to "I'm passing little white lines", thus omitting the drug reference. Many other versions of "Six Days on the Road" have been recorded, with three of them also being chart hits for other artists. Johnny Rivers took his remake to No. Steve Earle recorded the song for the movie Planes, Trains and Automobilesand his version reached No.
According to Dahl, one Something Better Change - The Stranglers - The Collection 1977 - 1982 the best versions was a blues-rocking rendition recorded in by Taj Mahal.
The Youngbloods performed it during a concert in San Francisco. David Allan Coe also Darlin Mine - Dave Dudley - On The Road it and it appears on his compilation "20 Greatest Hits".
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