Born on August 2,in Rhode Island, Dudek began playing guitar at the age of 11 first inspired by such pop hitmakers as Elvis Presley and the Beatlesand only three years later, would sneak into bars to play with bands. It was during his teenaged years that Dudek discovered such blues masters as Freddie, Albert, and B. King, as well as such then-modern day blues rockers as Paul Butterfield and Steve Miller. By the early '70s, Dudek was residing in Florida, playing in the obscure group Power, whose keyboard player was friends with the Allman Brothers' Dickey Betts.
Soon a friendship was struck up between Betts and Dudek, as Betts contemplated forming a side Dreamland - Joni Mitchell - Shadows And Light in addition to his Allman duties. The duo cut some demos, but the group was disbanded when work on the Allman's classic Brothers and Sisters album got underway. But Dudek was present for the recording sessions, laying down some guitar lines alongside Betts on "Ramblin' Man" and helping co-write one of the Allman's best-known songs, "Jessica" for which Dudek also played on.
After his brief detour with the Allman Brothers, Dudek signed Les Dudek - Les Dudek with Boz Scaggs, playing with him for five years and appearing on the release Silk Degrees. Dudek became friends with one of his main guitar influences during this time, Steve Miller, leading to a co-headlining tour between Scaggs and Miller, which saw Dudek appearing with both artists each night.
Miller would subsequently record a few of Dudek's Asaviour - Play 2 Win The Mixtape Vol: 1 compositions, including "Sacrifice" for his Book of Dreams release, while Dudek also played on Miller's Fly Like an Eagle album.
A planned acoustic tour with just Dudek and Miller was shelved at the last minute, as Dudek returned for a tour with Scaggs. With all this activity, Dudek still found time to sign a solo deal with Columbia Records, issuing four albums between and -- 's self-titled debut, 's Say No More, 's Ghost Town Parade, and 's Gypsy Ride -- as Les Dudek - Les Dudek as launching the DFK Band which saw Dudek joined by keyboardist Mike Finnigan and guitarist Jim Kruegerwho issued a lone, self-titled release in Cher launched her successful movie acting career shortly thereafter and even helped Dudek land a bit part in 's Mask as a boyfriend Cher and Dudek demoed a song for the movie which has remained unissued.
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