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Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Beige
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
There is always hope. When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

Birthplace

Born:
5/15/1920
Birth Location:
Covington, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Beige
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
There is always hope. When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

Birthplace

Born:
5/15/1920
Birth Location:
Covington
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Biography

"The music host who loves you most," Holmes Daddy-O Daylie was born on May 15, 1920, in Covington, Tennessee. His mother died tragically during childbirth and his father five years later. Holmes was then raised by his older brother, Clinton, and the family moved to Chicago's South Side when Holmes was a child. He attended John D. Shoop elementary and Morgan Park High schools. A talented athlete, after graduation Daylie played professional basketball with the Harlem Yankees and the Globetrotters. However, he soon tired of the lodging discrimination encountered while traveling across the country, and he returned to Chicago to begin a new career.

Affectionately called "Daddy-O" long before his entrance into radio, Daylie was known for his linguistic gymnastics and sense of humor. These qualities would prove to be the key to his success. Discovered in 1947 while working as a bartender in the Beige room of the Pershing hotel, famous disk jockey Dave Garroway was impressed by the artistic rhymes Daddy-O used while serving his clientele. On Garroway's suggestion, Daylie enrolled in radio school to refine his skills and, in 1948, Daddy-O's Jazz Patio made its debut on station WAIT.

Daddy-O's relaxed style and hip improvisational rhythmic monologues during the forty-five minute program were an instant success. In addition to introducing audiences to the innovative sounds of jazz, blues and swing music, Daylie used his program as a platform to further the cause of civil rights and to highlight other social maladies in African American communities. One of Daddy-O's proudest achievements was Operation Christmas Basket, which helped feed hungry Chicagoans during the holiday season.

After leaving WAIT, Daddy-O first joined the staff of WMAQ radio and then "The Voice for Equality" WAAF 950 AM. He retired in 1988. Daylie passed away February 6, 2003.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie's favorite things
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about mementos of his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about returning to his childhood town
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about his siblings and where they grew up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie continues to talk about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie recalls some of his earliest memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie briefly discusses the age of his brothers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about growing up on the outskirts of Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about his childhood interest in athletics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie describes playing professional sports as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie explains the difference between his basketball team and the Harlem Globetrotters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie describes traveling to different towns on the professional baseball circuit
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie describes a typical year in his life as a professional athlete
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie discusses what he learned from his experience as a professional athlete
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about leaving professional sports and starting a new job
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about working at the El Grotto Supper Club
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie explains what inspired him to be a radio disc jockey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about getting into radio school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie describes his first radio job
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie discusses his lyrical and poetic ability
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie explains how bartending inspired his songwriting
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie explains how he got his nickname
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about some of his favorite musical performers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie explains why he tried not to have favorite artists and songs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about getting a radio show on WAIT
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about the start of his WAIT radio show
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about his first radio show on WAIT
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about the early days of black radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about participating in the Bud Billiken Parade
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about his charity, Operation Christmas Basket
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie briefly talks about meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about meeting comedian Redd Foxx
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie tells stories about dealing with Redd Foxx's colorful language
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about popularizing Redd Foxx's first record on his radio show
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie praises Redd Foxx's comedic talent
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie recalls a story about singer Dinah Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie tells the story of jazz singer Joe Williams
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about finding new talent in Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about his community benefit radio shows
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about bringing top talent to benefit shows
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie describes the effects of his conflict with Chicago street gangs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie details his conflict with Chicago street gangs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about organizing community sports leagues
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about buying a bowling alley with entrepreneur Jacoby Dickens
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about the success of his bowling alley
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about the start of his television show
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie discusses his television show, 'For Blacks Only'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie expresses his anger about the actions of Chicago street gangs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie explains the impact of Chicago street gangs on his business
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie briefly talks about living under the threat of gang violence
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie talks about the importance of education
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie discusses his views on the "black music" label
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie discusses the current state of radio and music
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie discusses the future of the black community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie hopes his parents would have appreciated his success
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Holmes "Daddy-O" Daylie signs off with his favorite saying
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie behind the bar at El Grotto
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie at Operation Christmas Basket headquarters
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie and his record collection
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie with Nat "King" Cole
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie with June Christy and Jack Tracy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie and Eartha Kitt
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie on a promotional brochure
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Photo - Brochure for Daddy-O Daylie Fun Leagues [1964]
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie in a promotional photograph
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie's Operation Christmas Basket
  • Tape: 8 Story: 12 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens, Daddy-O Daylie's business partner
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Photo - Jacoby Dickens with sponsors
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Photo - Members of a Daddy-O Fun League bowling team
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Photo - Members of a Daddy-O Fun League bowling team
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie and Godfrey Cambridge
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie and Nancy Wilson
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie and LeRoy Winbush
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Photo - Cover of 'You're on the Air'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie at the turntables
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie with friends in grammar school
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie at WAIT
  • Tape: 9 Story: 11 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie at the Bud Billiken Parade
  • Tape: 9 Story: 12 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Warner Saunders
  • Tape: 9 Story: 13 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie on the back cover of his book
  • Tape: 9 Story: 14 - Photo - Ramsey Lewis Trio
  • Tape: 9 Story: 15 - Photo - Daddy-O Daylie's daughter Patsy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 16 - Photo - Headline of bomb threat on ABC-7 in Chicago