Pat Dailey, Mike ‘Mad Dog’ Adams and Eddie Boggs contribute to Red Cross benfit CDWritten by Evan Brune | | firstname.lastname@example.org
As songs began rolling in for the “Red, White & You” CD, executive producer Michael S. Miller noticed a trend.
“Several songs mentioned Put-In-Bay, but three songs mentioned it in the title,” said Miller, Toledo Free Press editor in chief. “We thought it would be fun to link them on the CD as a themed trilogy.”
Pat Dailey, who contributed his signature hit “Put-In-Bay” to the CD, has been playing music for 56 years.
“In high school in 1957, I started a rock ’n’ roll band called Pat and the K-Tones,” he said. “We played sock hops. After high school, I went on the road by myself.”
Dailey’s first experience in Toledo came during a trip from Chicago to Cleveland. He soon began performing in the city.
“I came to Toledo in 1971,” he said. “When I’d play in Toledo, everyone told me about this place called Put-in-Bay.”
Dailey began performing there not long after.
“After the first week there, I realized this could be something,” he said. “I stuck with Put-in-Bay and went to Key West in the winter. It made a good career.”
He wrote his best-known song, “Put-In-Bay,” in California.
“I still used California as a home base. I wrote the song when I was out there,” he said. “When I came back to Cleveland, I played the song. Everyone went crazy. It made me a hometown guy. I think I captured the feel of it.”
Dailey said he sees Put-in-Bay as the quintessential summer destination.
“It’s because of the people who go there to have fun,” he said. “You don’t have to beat them over the head to make them laugh. It’s just the Midwest having a good time. The stuff I do is perfect for that frame of mind.”
Since the song’s debut, many other artists have written and sung about Put-in-Bay.
“When I first came there, I saw all kinds of funny and wonderful things there were to write about,” Dailey said. “I think I started something up in the [Great] Lakes.”
Eddie Boggs, another performer who donated a song, “Another Put-In-Bay Summer,” to “Red, White & You,” praised Dailey’s talent.
“Pat is, without a doubt, one of the best entertainers around these parts,” Boggs said.
Dailey said he was glad he could contribute to the album.
“You know, it’s a great feeling because I’m not doing all that much,” he said. “I’d be glad to do more. I hope they ask me to.”
Boggs said that Dailey’s music contributed to Put-in-Bay’s popularity.
“There’s no two ways about it, Pat Dailey made Put-in-Bay.”
Mike ‘Mad Dog’ Adams
Mike “Mad Dog” Adams partied hard in his teens, earning the nickname that has traveled with him throughout his career as a performer.
“Oh, I got that when I was about 16 years old. I’d drink MD 20/20 wine, and the street name for that was ‘Mad Dog,’ so my friends called me ‘Mad Dog.’”
Adams contributed one of his signature songs, “Who Needs Margaritaville? (We Got Put-In-Bay),” off of his “Lake Effects” album to “Red, White & You.”
“I was flattered I was asked [to contribute a song],” he said. “I’ve always been happy to help out.
“I think everybody should give back when they can.”
“Who Needs Margaritaville?” was born during a live show at the Round House Bar at Put-in-Bay.
“I was onstage at the Round House, and I had had a couple drinks, and I said, ‘Who needs Margaritaville? We Got Put-in-Bay!” Adams said. “People liked it, and we started writing that song right onstage. Some days, it’s just so laid-back you can do that. I liked it so much, I didn’t want to let it go.”
Adams said Put-in-Bay made the perfect summer venue to write about and perform in.
“I guess Put-in-Bay is the Margaritaville of the Midwest. It’s been a great place to go and have a good time for over 100 years,” he said.
“There’s something about going to an island that puts people in a great frame of mind. It’s all about boating and fun, and it’s a place where anybody can go to have fun.”
Adams said playing music has always been a passion of his.
“You know, I just wanted to play. I wanted to entertain people. I’m doing what I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid,” he said. “Sometimes, dreams can turn into nightmares, but I’m following my dreams. There’s a Chinese proverb that says, ‘Be happy in your work.’”
He also hopes for the success of the Red Cross benefit album.
“I hope they sell a million copies!” he said.
Kentucky native Boggs has been singing since childhood. In the Toledo area, he’s known for more than two decades of entertainment at Put-in-Bay. His experiences there led him to contribute the song “Another Put-In-Bay Summer” to the benefit CD.
“In 1971, I moved to Toledo,” he said. “I started singing solo, but then I teamed up with Diane Scribner and Kerry Clark. Basically, I just started playing around nightclubs, country clubs, places like that.”
Eventually, Boggs began performing at what would become his signature venue.
“I sang for 23 years at Put-in-Bay,” he said. “I sang at the Beer Barrel, and then I sang at the Boardwalk. I’d sing Friday and Saturday afternoon, and Pat [Dailey] would sing Friday and Saturday night. At that time, we were basically the only entertainment there. The crowds came down to the Beer Barrel.”
Boggs describes his music as “middle-of-the-road folk.”
“I play mostly cover music. I do just a bit of everything,” he said. “Music is something I love. The rewards from it are just beyond description. The people you meet, the places you travel to are phenomenal.”
Boggs’ success as an area musician led to his inclusion on the “Red, White & You” CD.
“Michael [Miller] sent me an email, asking if I wanted to contribute a song, and I said yes,” he said. “I think it’s a great cause, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Boggs’ contribution, “Another Put-In-Bay Summer,” reflects his view of the island.
“I did that song in the ’90s. People saw Put-in-Bay as a party island,” Boggs said. “I wanted to promote the idea that there are things there for families. It was fun to write, and I enjoyed writing it, and I enjoy singing it.”
When he was asked to contribute a summer-themed song, Put-In-Bay came to mind.
“Summer is about water. Being surrounded by water and seeing the boats come in is summer,” Boggs said. “You get people come in from all over the Eastern Seaboard. The nice part was you had people come back every year. It was like a reunion every year.”
Boggs said he hopes the CD is a big success.
“I hope it sells a ton, because it helps a charitable organization,” he said. “I’m honored that Michael asked me to be a part of it. Any recognition is just icing on the cake.”