|Labels||Full Moon/Warner Brothers, Rhino|
|Associated acts||Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (1983—1986)
Véronique Sanson (1998—1999)
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.
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. 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.
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:pg. 89
|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|
|1989||Chicago||Greatest Hits - 1982-1989|
|1990||Chicago||Days of Thunder [Soundtrack]|
|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||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|
|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|
|2003||Cardboard Cyndi||Cardboard Cyndi|
|2003||Bob Seger||Greatest Hits, Vol. 2|
|2003||Chicago||The Box (Rhino/Warners)|
|2004||Robert Lamm||Too Many Voices|
|2008||Chicago||The Heart of Chicago
MVI DVD - Rhino/WEA
|2008||Chicago||Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus||composer, guitarist,
|2008||Véronique Sanson||Et voila - And That The Complete
1967-2007 (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|
|1989||Chicago||Live at the Budokan|
|1992||Chicago||And The Band Played On|
|1993||Chicago||Live at the Greek Theater|
- Official website
- Official Dawayne Bailey Myspace site
- Dawayne Bailey's official Soundcloud
- Véronique Sanson's Official website
- "Kansas Music Hall of Fame: 2007 Inductees". Kansas Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
- "Wall Of Fame: Dawayne Bailey: Class of 1972". Manhattan High School Alumni Association. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
- 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.
- Hemmings, Stella (1998). Musician's Survival Guide to Life on the Road. Kent, UK: PC Pub. ISBN 9781870775540. OCLC 40587074.
- Dawayne Bailey at AllMusic. Retrieved June 28, 2013.