Steve Dudas

Guitarist and Songwriter for Ringo Starr, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith
Guitarist and song writer Steve Dudas is known for his work with Ringo Star, Ozzie Obsorne, and other music superstars.  He has played in Ringo Starr's band, The Roundheads and has co-written songs and played on five of Ringo's albums  Dudas has written songs for Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Timothy B. Schmit and Ozzy Osbourne. He collaborated with Osbourne on a rock opera/musical based on the life of Rasputin.  Steve also played guitar in the house bands on "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers" and "The Arsenio Hall Show."

On July 25 2005 Steve received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Duquesne University. At the ceremony the auditorium was full of musicians that he played with throughout his career going back to the  to 8th grade. Friends from around the country attended. Mark Hudson presented a video that of tributes from Gary Burr, Ringo Starr, Steven Tyler and Ozzy Osbourne. 

Learning Guitar in Braddock

Steve Dudas was born on August 29, 1951 in Braddock, Pennsylvania. His father played guitar and loved country music.  Steve studied guitar from age 6 to 11 Philip Schwartz. a big band guitarist and Segovia student.  Steve favorite music at age 11 was surf instrumentals ala and Dick Dale until the Beatles broke.  Steve started a band called the Innovations with his junior high friend. At age 14 Steve took guitar lessons from Bill Clydsdale learning jazz and classical music.

First Professional Tour

After graduating from Swissvale high school Steve in 1969 went on the road with the band, Saving Grace.  They played clubs and ski resorts in the northeast. They became the back up band for Richard Nader’s rock n’ roll revival tour backing Chuck Berry, Bo Didley, Bill Haley & the Comets, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters and the Shirrels. The tour went from New York City to Los Angeles and back. 

Pittsburgh Club Circuit

After the tour, Steve enrolled in community college and got an associates degree in liberal arts.  While in school he played the Pittsburgh club scene and gave guitar lessons. He recorded sessions on many local jingles and records. Some were orchestral dates with the Pittsburgh Symphony.  In 1972 Steve played in the progressive rock band Pyewakcet.  In 1974 he played a year with B.E. Taylor. 

Maureen McGovern Tour and LA

In 1975 Steve went on the road with Maureen McGovern for two years performing in the United States, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Japan and the Philippines. After playing with Maureen, Steve moved from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles to become a session musician.   On his arrival in California Dudas stayed with Pittsburgh born drummer George Suranovich a member of the band Love and the Eric Burdon Band.

Hudson Brothers and Session Work

In 1978 Steve joined the Hudson Brothers and worked with them in Las Vegas and appears on the television shows The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, and Mike Douglas.  Steve co-wrote four songs and played guitar ons the Hudson Brothers record “Damn those Kids” that was released in 1979.  The Hudson Brothers record producer Michael Lloyde used 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.”

Combonation Band

In 1980 Steve formed the band “Combonation” with 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. Steve and Mark wrote most of the tunes.  They played the played the LA club scene for a year and developed a big following.  They signed with Warner Brothers in 1982. Produced by Ted Templeman the album “ComboNation” was released in 1984 along with the single “Girls Like You”.  The video of the single feature actress Robin Wright and was aired on MTV.  They released a second album under the name "The Dig" on Atlantic Records in 1987. They changed their name to The Dig and in 1987.

Talk Show Bands

In 1986 Steve became the guitarist in the band The Late Show with Joan Rivers. It featured a 16 piece band that also featured Pittsburgh born drummer Vinnie Colaiuta.
Steve also co-wrote the shows theme song. Joan left the show after six month and was eventually replaced by Arsenio Hall. Steve stayed with the show until the end of the show in 1988 when Arsenio left.

Song Writing Projects and Teaching

Steve continued writing songs with Mark Hudson.  Steve wrote songs and played on an album released by Chastity Bono in 1991.  Steve and Mark went on to write songs with Harry Nilsson and Alice Cooper. Steve co-wrote the song “The Farm.” included on Aerosmith's "Nine Lives" record and the title cut for Aerosmith's 2001 release "Just Push Play".  The song "Summer of Love" that Steve co-wrote with Mark Hudson was included on the Baha Men’s smash hit album “Who Let the Dogs Out” released in 2000.  

Steve guitar at Hollywood’s Musicians Institute for eleven years beginning  in 1987. He taught Sight Reading, Classic Rock Work Shop, the Steely Dan Workshop and Improvising Concepts.

Ringo Starr

In 1997 Steve played on a Ringo Starr track. He co-wrote nine songs with with Ringo, Mark Hudson and Dean Grakel for Ringo's Vertical Man album released in 1998.. Steve played with Steve Cropper and Joe Walsh on the record. He appeared with Ringo on the talk show circuit to promote the single “La De Da.” Steve recorded again with Ringo in 2005 on the album “Choose Love”. Steve joined Ringo on a television tour and a live concert on the PBS Show “Soundstage.” In Jan. of 2008 Ringo released “Liverpool 8” that include eight songs that Dudas co-wrote. He played guitar on all of the tracks.  Steve has also performed on Ringo's releases "The Surround Sound Collection" (2012) "Y Not" 2010, and "Ringo 2012" (2012)

Ozzie Osborne

In 2004 Steve arranged and played on 9 cover tunes for Ozzy Osbourne’s album “Prince of Darkness.”  He also arranged and played on Ozzy's 2005 releas “Under Cover.,” a compilation of some of his favorite tunes by other Steve also co-wrote a musical with Ozzy and Mark Hudson based on the life of Rasputin. 
Steve Dudas with Ringo Star on Soundstage
Combonation