Dawayne Bailey

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Dawayne Bailey
Born (1954-10-03) October 3, 1954 (age 64)
Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.
GenresRock, Pop
InstrumentsGuitar, Vocals
Years active1966–present
LabelsFull Moon/Warner Brothers, Rhino
Associated actsBob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (1983–1986)
Chicago (1986–1995)
Véronique Sanson (1998–1999)

Dawayne Bailey (born October 3, 1954) is an American guitarist who has toured and recorded with Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Véronique Sanson, and Chicago.

Bailey was born and raised in Manhattan, Kansas. While still attending Manhattan High School in Kansas, he founded the band Rathbone, which developed a strong regional fan base. In 1972, Bailey and Rathbone moved to Los Angeles to foster their musical career.


Bailey joined Gerard McMahon's band and recorded No Looking Back on Full Moon/Warner Brothers which was released in 1983. While playing live shows with McMahon's band, Bailey was requested by Bob Seger's office to fly to Detroit and audition for Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. Bailey played lead guitar on Seger's The Distance tour, recorded Seger's Like a Rock album and performed in several videos.

Bailey then formed his own band called Private Parts and recorded their debut album in 1986 called Dancing The Marmara, it was during this time that Bailey's former bandmate Jason Scheff called him to audition for the lead guitarist spot in Chicago. Bailey toured and recorded with Chicago from July 1986 to January 1995, and was a contributor to their previously unreleased album, which was intended in 1994 to be titled Stone of Sisyphus, he composed the title track for that album, as well as another track called "Get on This". The latter was not included on the eventual June 2008 Rhino Records release of Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus for unknown reasons.

After Chicago, Bailey remained in Los Angeles and went on to perform and record with various original projects such as Shayna, Belly Puddle (featuring Jason Scheff's brother Lauren), and Bailey's own Goblin Girl Records releases. Bailey then toured and recorded with French legend Véronique Sanson in 1998 and 1999.

In October 2006, Bailey released the studio album, Joyland, on his Goblin Girl label, he performed nearly all of the instrumentation and vocals, as well as assuming the majority of production duties. He also released Sketch, a compilation of demos, unreleased material, and other miscellaneous tracks.

In March 2007, Bailey was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.[1] In February 2012, Bailey was inducted into the Manhattan High School hall of fame.[2]

Many of Bailey's contributions to Chicago were documented with many of his quotations, in the book The Greatest Music Never Sold, chronicling the development of what became Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus,[3] his observations and advice about the general lifestyle of the touring musician is quoted in the book Musician's Survival Guide to Life on the Road.[4]

Sisyphus believed he could tackle that rock one more time ... and that's the kind of faith you have to have in yourself and your work.

— Dawayne Bailey: composer, guitarist, lyricist, and vocalist on Chicago's Stone of Sisyphus[3]:pg. 89


Year Artist Album Credit[5]
1982 Dawayne Bailey Revenge Of The Nurds
The Captain Beefheart Ceremonial Shuffle
1983 Gerard McMahon No Looking Back
1983 Gerard McMahon The Lonely Guy [Soundtrack]
1984 Dawayne Bailey Vicious Raisonettes
1986 Private Parts Dancing The Marmara
1986 Bob Seger Like A Rock
1988 Chicago Chicago 19
1989 Chicago Greatest Hits - 1982-1989
1990 Chicago Days of Thunder [Soundtrack]
1991 Chicago Twenty 1
1991 The Usual Suspects The Usual Suspects
1991 Stuart Hamm The Urge
1992 Raise The World The Album Of L.I.F.E.
1994 Bob Seger Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
1994 Robert Lamm Life is Good in My Neighborhood
1995 Dawayne Bailey The Living Room of Me
1996 Chicago Overtime
1996 Dawayne Bailey A Black Church In Marietta
1997 Pat Boone In a Metal Mood
1997 Chicago Heart of Chicago - Vol 1 & 2
1997 Dawayne Bailey Beautiful Ruins
1997 Dawayne Bailey Shayna
1998 Dawayne Bailey Belly Puddle
1998 Chicago Heart of Chicago - Vol 3 & 4
1998 Jeff Duff Kiss My Apocalypse
1999 Véronique Sanson D'UN PAPILLON À UNE ÉTOILE
2001 Véronique Sanson Les Moments Importants
2002 Dawayne Bailey sketch
2003 Cardboard Cyndi Cardboard Cyndi
2003 Bob Seger Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
2003 Chicago The Box (Rhino/Warners)
2004 Robert Lamm Too Many Voices
2005 Chicago Love Songs
2006 Dawayne Bailey Joyland
2007 Chicago 40th Anniversary
2008 Chicago The Heart of Chicago
2008 Chicago Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus composer, guitarist,
lyricist, vocalist
2008 Véronique Sanson Et voila - And That The Complete
(22 CD-4 DVD)
2009 Chicago Collectors Edition 3-CD Metal Box
2009 Bob Seger Early Seger/Volume 1
2011 Bob Seger Ultimate Hits: Rock And Roll Never Forgets
2014 Debra Goodrich Bisel Kansas Music: Stories of A Rich Tradition book
2015 Chicago The Studio Albums 1979-2008/Vol Two 10 CD Box Rhino
2018 Chicago VI Decades Live Rhino


Year Artist Title Credit
1989 Chicago Live at the Budokan
1992 Chicago And The Band Played On
1993 Chicago Live at the Greek Theater


  1. ^ "Kansas Music Hall of Fame: 2007 Inductees". Kansas Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  2. ^ "Wall Of Fame: Dawayne Bailey: Class of 1972". Manhattan High School Alumni Association. Archived from the original on June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b LeRoy, Dan (2007). "Chapter 3: Chicago: Like a Rolling Stone". The Greatest Music Never Sold: Secrets of Legendary Lost Albums by David Bowie, Seal, Beastie Boys, Beck, Chicago, Mick Jagger & More! (Book). New York: Backbeat Books. ISBN 9780879309053. OCLC 145378229. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  4. ^ Hemmings, Stella (1998). Musician's Survival Guide to Life on the Road. Kent, UK: PC Pub. ISBN 9781870775540. OCLC 40587074.
  5. ^ Dawayne Bailey at AllMusic. Retrieved June 28, 2013.

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