ABOUT PAT DAILEY While stationed in Hawaii in 1960, Pat Dailey was fortunate enough to open for the "Legendary Don Ho." After completing his tour of duty he mustered out and began a wanderlust lifestyle that is still in his blood today. Dailey traveled all over the USA, singing and loving every moment of it. In 1969, he was making quite a life; he was a full time entertainer, using Chicago's Shipwreck Kelly's as a base between road gigs. Sun Valley was a regular stop, as was Steamboat Springs, Las Vegas, Seattle, Phoenix, and Tucson, he would eventually settle down in Marin County, north of San Francisco, living on a sail boat and using the Tar and Feathers Saloon in San Francisco as a base, still playing the ski resorts and living on the road.
He made his way to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1977. The seasonal road musician had heard the Great Lakes area was teeming with people who enjoyed a good time, and he played at several clubs. Friends had told Dailey about a popular summer resort on South Bass Island in Lake Erie, a tourist village named Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Dailey took the stage of the popular Beer Barrel Saloon in the summer of 1978 for a weekend gig and ended up playing the full summer in 1979 and he has packed the place every summer since until moving his show to a more fan friendly venue, The Boathouse Bar and Grill.
Playing a regular steady gig inspired him to write his own songs about the things he enjoyed most in his life, fishing, boating, and having a real good time. The first of many fun loving and often-poignant songs was his Island signature "Put-in-Bay," and others followed, including "Legend of the Lake", "Island Fever", "Big Money Walleye", and many more. In the winter of 1984, Dailey gave Key West Florida and the famed old Hemingway hangout, Sloppy Joe's Bar, a taste of the sounds of "The coolest SOB in The World" (a moniker some fans had hung him with. It was in the first season in Key West that Dailey met the world famous poet, songwriter, playwright Shel Silverstein. A Key West winter resident, Silverstein caught Dailey's act, introducing himself and suggested a song writing collaboration that continued for 15 years until Silverstein's untimely death in May 1999.
Dailey was overwhelmed by his good fortune to be working alongside Silverstein with his renowned reputation in the literary world as well as Nashville; having written "A Boy Named Sue" for Johnny Cash, "The Unicorn Song" for The Irish Rover's, and most of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show hits. Together Dailey and Silverstein co-wrote "The Great Lakes Song," "Blue Catawaba Moon," "On the Water," "Walleye Willie," "Vermillion," "Ugly Feet," and many more. Following Silverstein's death, Dailey released "Underwater Land," a children's album the duo recorded in 1998. For more information about Dailey, visit PatDailey.com.