Dawayne Bailey 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 famous band, Chicago.
Bailey toured and recorded with Chicago from July 1986 to January 1995, and was a contributor to their previously unreleased album Stone of Sisyphus. He wrote the title track for that album, as well as another track called "Get on This."
The track "Get on This" was not included on the June 2008 Rhino Records' release of Stone of Sisyphus. The reason for this omission was unclear.
After Chicago, Bailey remains in Los Angeles and went on to perform and record with various original projects with 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 his latest 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.
In March 2007, Bailey was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. In February 2012, Bailey was inducted into the Manhattan High School hall of fame.