“Six Days on the Road” is an American song written by Earl Green and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio songwriter Carl Montgomery, made famous by country music singer Dave Dudley. The song was initially recorded by Paul Davis (not the same as the better known singer-songwriter, full name Paul Lavon Davis) and released in 1961 on the Bulletin label. In 1963, the song became a major hit when released by Dudley, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and cracking the Top 40 (#32) on the Hot 100, leading to it being hailed as the definitive celebration of the American truck driver.
Many truck-driving themed hits followed for Dudley, including “Last Day in the Mines,” “Truck Drivin’ Son-of-a-Gun” and “Truck Driver’s Prayer.”
In 1997, more than 30 years after Dudley’s version charted, country music band Sawyer Brown took the song back to the Hot Country Songs chart, reaching #13.
From the album Songs About the Working Man
Released May 1963 (U.S.)
Recorded March 1963
Kay Bank Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Genre Country, rockabilly
Label Golden Wing 3020
Songwriter(s) Earl Green and Carl Montgomery
Producer(s) Shelby Singleton