Pat Dailey, "The Great Lakes' Favorite Son", is one of the heartland's most celebrated entertainers. Whether performing in saloons or concert halls, in Key West or the midwest, the popular singer/songwriter continues to draw capacity crowds.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1941, Dailey grew up in Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. In high school, music was already beckoning, and he formed his first band, Pat and The K-Tones, which played sock hops in the area. After high school, Dailey served in the Marines, and continued to pursue his interest in music, singing cover tunes accompanied by his 6-string acoustic guitar. In 1960, while stationed in Hawaii, he landed a performance opening for island legend Don Ho.
After completing his tour of duty, Dailey embraced a wanderlust lifestyle that's still in his blood today. By 1969, he had made quite an impression on Chicago audiences, and was developing a devoted following in cities such as Sun Valley, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Seattle, and Phoenix.
By 1977, Dailey had become a veteran road musician. He made his way to Cleveland, where friends told him about Put-In-Bay, a popular summer retreat on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. Although he had never heard of it, Put-in-Bay would forever change Pat's life. By the summer of 1979, he was booked for the entire season at a popular nightspot on the island, playing to capacity crowds every weekend. Armed with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, a gift for songwriting, and his sly, engaging sense of humor, Pat has developed a following in the midwest that borders on legend.
Dailey's love of the Great Lakes, and 20-plus years of island life, provide the inspiration for his best-known songs and stories. Woven through his 10 solo albums, these "island songs" have defined Pat as a kind of modern-day troubadour for the region. Sometimes compared to Jimmy Buffett, Dailey enjoys a similar devotion from his audiences.
In the winter of 1984, Pat premiered at the legendary Sloppy Joe's in Key West, Florida where tourists from around the world and throngs of college students fell in love with his music. The 2009 season marked his unprecedented 25th year at the former Hemingway haunt.
It was also in Key West in 1984 that Pat met poet/author/songwriter Shel Silverstein. Silverstein, a longtime winter resident of Key West, caught Pat's act, introduced himself and suggested a songwriting collaboration. Their close friendship lasted 14 years, produced dozens of songs and the award-winning children's album Underwater Land, before Silverstein's untimely death in 1999.
Underwater Land, the pair's last collaboration, is also the most anticipated. Their first recording for children, Underwater Land is a perfect marriage of Silverstein's immensely popular children's writing, and Dailey's witty, inviting vocal style. Produced by Silverstein, and featuring his whimsical artwork, Underwater Land is now available on Olympia Records.
And Dailey's popularity hasn't slowed a bit. With annual sellout shows in Cleveland's House of Blues, a raucous audience of 8000 at Chicago's 2009 SHELabration festival, his legendary summer-long gig at Put-in-Bay in full swing, and an acclaimed new studio album Langram Road, Pat Dailey is as busy as ever in a career that's already spanned 40 years.
For more information on Pat’s work please visit the official site of Pat Dailey