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This profile was last updated on 2/14/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Guitarist

Fox Networks
 
Background

Employment History

  • Lead Guitarist

Education

  • associates degree , liberal arts
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Steve Dudas Biography
www.stevedudas.com, 14 Feb 2013 [cached]
Steve Dudas was born on August 29, 1951 in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a steel mill town outside of Pittsburgh. His father loved country music and played a little guitar. When his Dad caught Steve jumping on the bed, at the age of 6, with his guitar, singing Elvis, he started guitar lessons.
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Steve studied with him until age 11.
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Steve would learn the melodic riffs by needle dropping on his record player.
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This is the first of many bands that Steve would play in throughout high school. It was the 60's and a rich musical time. Between the British invasion, the San Francisco scene, Motown and Stax's, it was a great time to be in a band learning how to play those tunes and riffs. This was the foundation for Steve's playing. At age 14 Steve started taking lessons from guitarist, Bill Clydsdale who opened up two other types of musical worlds, jazz and classical guitar.
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After graduating high school Steve went on the road with the band, Saving Grace, playing clubs and ski resorts in the northeast.
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After the tour, Steve enrolled in community college and got an associates degree in liberal arts.
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Steve could read music and play rock n' roll, which was not common in the 70's, and he started doing sessions on many local jingles and records. Some were orchestral dates with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
By 1972 Steve was a huge Yes fan and his outlet for progressive rock music was his band, Pyewakcet, which became quite popular in the tri-state area (Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia).
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Steve Dudas
In 1974 he played a year with local Pittsburgh vocal legend, B.E. Taylor. This was refreshing to Steve because it was just guitar, bass, drums and vocal.
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In 1975 Steve went on the road with Maureen McGovern who had a huge hit with "The Morning After".
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After playing with Maureen, Steve decided to move from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles to break into the recording scene as a session musician.
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In 1978 Steve started playing with the Hudson Brothers. They played Las Vegas and the talk show circuits of the time. (The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas) Steve began writing songs with Mark Hudson for an upcoming Hudson Brother record.
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Michael Lloyde started using Steve on guitar on other projects; Bill Medley, Barry Manilow, Lief Garrett, Shaun Cassidy, Helen Reddy, Soloman Burke, movie and tv series, "Joanie Loves Chachi".
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In 1980 Steve formed the band "Combonation" in hopes of getting a record deal. The band featured Steve on guitar, Mark Hart (Crowded House and Supertramp) on guitar and Keyboards, Billy Thomas(Vince Gill) on drums, Rick Moors (Bone Daddies) on bass and Randy Foote on vocals.
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Steve and Mark wrote most of the tunes and after a year of playing the LA club scene they developed a big following and a buzz among the record companies.
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Meanwhile in 1986 Steve became the guitarist for Fox Networks, The Late Show with Joan Rivers.
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Steve also co-wrote the theme song.
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Steve started teaching at Hollywood's Musicians Institute in 1987. It was a great experience listening and observing literally some of the best guitarist in the world. Some of the classes he taught were Sight Reading, Classic Rock Work Shop, Steely Dan Workshop and his favorite class, Improvising Concepts. This was a two-hour class with guest musicians that would teach their views on improvising. There was a rhythm section and Steve would play with the guests.
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Steve continued writing with Mark Hudson who was producing and developing acts.
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Steve began writing with Mark and Chastity and eventually did a record in 1991.
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On that record, Steve got to play with legendary drummer, Jim Keltner.
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Steve and Mark went on to write with Harry Nilsson, Alice Cooper, and in 1994 Ozzy Osbourne.
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They demoed the songs with a live band featuring Dean Castranova on drums, Bob Daisley on bass and Steve and Mark on guitar.
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Shortly after writing with Ozzy, Steve signed a publishing deal with Universal Publishing.
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Eventually, Steve started to write with Ringo, Mark Hudson and Dean Grakel for the Vertical Man album.
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Steve also got to play with Steve Cropper and Joe Walsh on the record.
Official Site of Danny Faragher
www.faraghermusic.com, 10 Dec 2010 [cached]
That fall the Faraghers, with the addition of lead guitarist Steve Dudas, played all the happening clubs on the L.A. scene, including Madame Wong's, the Hong Kong Bar, and the Starwood.
Also on hand are some stellar ...
www.mwe3.com, 1 April 2012 [cached]
Also on hand are some stellar Starr cohorts such as guitarist Steve Dudas, Bruce Sugar (keyboards)and many more.
CD/DVD Reviews
www.mwe3.com, 14 Aug 2010 [cached]
Other players taking part on the CD are famed producer / bass ace Don Was, guitarists Steve Dudas, Keith Allison , Gary Burr, Mark Hart, keyboardist Benmont Tench as well as long time Ringo band member Richard Marx, who not only adds his guitar work but also co-wrote track seven, “Mystery Of The Night.” Co-written by Johnny Warman, track six, “Everybody Wins” is one of Ringo’s greatest songs and is just the kind of Wilburys type toe-tapper that George Harrison would flip for.
This romantic love song is filled ...
www.musicstreetjournal.com, 11 Oct 2008 [cached]
This romantic love song is filled with beautiful classical Spanish guitar riffs and a cool solo by Steve Dudas.Starr meets Acapulco in this romantic love song.
If It's Love That You WantHere we have a light hearted bouncy number about love's importance as a survival tool of life.Once again journeyman guitarist, Steve Dudas, plays a surf-like guitar solo in the middle of this piece.
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