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Any Les Dudek Fans here?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Boggmeister, Sep 28, 2020.

  1. Boggmeister

    Boggmeister Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    West Virginia
    I had read somewhere on the interwebs that Les was the man man who played the guitar solo along with Dickie Betts on the song Rambling Man. Not long after reading this I found a couple of his solo albums in a used vinyl store and picked them up for a couple of bucks each. I’ve been a fan ever since.

    The first LP I got was Ghost Town Parade. If you’re a fan of 70s guitar rock, give it listen.
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  2. Daryl M

    Daryl M Senior Member

    London, Ontario
    His s/t debut was one of my favourite albums of the seventies.....and I still listen to it
    regularly. Les is someone clearly in need of a career-spanning compilation. If you
    read all of the Allman Brothers books it seems that Dudek ostracized himself from
    that community by claiming a lot of the credit for `Ramblin' Man' and `Jessica'.
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  3. Sky Dawg

    Sky Dawg Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    An artist I hadn't thought about in years. I played both his s/t lp with the parrot sitting on his guitar's headstock and "Say No More".
    I remember that I really liked them both back in the day. Hadn't thought about him in quite some time.
    Thanks for reminding me about him. I'll put em' back in rotation to see how they've held up.
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  4. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Funnily enough, Rock Candy Records have just re-released the Black Rose album with Les & Cher. Looking forward to that.

    I know him as a reliable session man. Haven't heard any of his solo records.
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  5. Boggmeister

    Boggmeister Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    West Virginia
    Here’s a link to City Magic. It received some FM radio airplay back in the day.

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  6. AndyP19

    AndyP19 Forum Resident

    Hythe, Kent, UK
    Big fan wonderful guitarist.
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  7. Bhobb

    Bhobb Crate Digger

    Not a huge fan, but "Central Park" is epic
  8. Purplerocks

    Purplerocks Forum Resident

    I love the Say No More lp
    Zorro Rides Again is definitely a nod to the ABB
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  9. Glaeken

    Glaeken Forum Resident

    I loved the DFK Band. Too bad they didn't continue beyond one and done.
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  10. "Les Dudek and More Bass!"
  11. rockclassics

    rockclassics Senior Member

    Mid-South US
    This one got a bit of FM radio airplay.....

    Old Judge Jones

  12. mwheelerk

    mwheelerk Believe In Music

    Gilbert Arizona
    This album I had gotten originally when released but I sold all my vinyl back in 1986 and this album had been lost in time to me. I'm going to see if I can check it out on Tidal to see if it would interest me again all these years later.

    Les Dudek ‎– Les Dudek
    Blues Rock, Southern Rock
  13. rockclassics

    rockclassics Senior Member

    Mid-South US
    I had the first 3 albums on vinyl (now long gone) and then got them on CD. I'll have to dig them out. Obviously I liked them enough to buy them twice but it has been a long time since I played any of them. I am going to dig them out and see if they are still as good as I recall.

    Thanks to the OP for the memory refresh.
  14. rockclassics

    rockclassics Senior Member

    Mid-South US
    I never heard this album. I'll have to try to track it down.
  15. clhboa

    clhboa Forum Resident

    I really dig his 1st album and "Ghost Town Parade". The DFK album never did much for me. I might have to revisit "Say No More" soon.
  16. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Searching For Simplicity

    He claimed he helped write a part of Jessica…the part in "Jessica" from when it modulated into G then eventually back to A. See Alan Paul’s book.
  17. Bill Mac

    Bill Mac Forum Resident

    So. ME USA
    I have Les Dudek's first two albums (S/T and Say No More) on vinyl and Say No More on CD. Enjoyed both albums back in the day. I'll have to give the Say No More CD a spin today.
  18. Kingsley Fats

    Kingsley Fats Forum Resident

    I got the feeling that the issue was more that they felt that he had inserted himself too readily into Duane Allman shoes & that the other members were not ready or able to accept that.
    I think he would have been ideal in the band , however, their choice to get Chuck Leavell instead was inspired.

    It's interesting how intertwined things were when he was later to hook up with Gregg Allmans ex wife Cher.

    The earlier Les Dudek albums have a strong Boz Scaggs influence, probably because Silk Degrees was getting more than plenty of airplay & attention at the time

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