Donnie Dacus is a guitarist, singer, actor, writer, and co-producer, born in Pasadena, Texas.
Guitarist Donnie Dacus grew up in Cleburne, Texas. By the age of 14, he was teaching guitar in the local music store and playing with a local band he organized called The Chantels. Eventually, the band changed its name to The Shux and won the Battle of the Bands in Dallas, Texas. Dacus was subsequently managed by the Beard Brothers out of Fort Worth Texas. Dacus received his big break when he was discovered by the band The Yellow Payges in 1968 during a concert with Buffalo Springfield and The Beach Boys.
Dacus has contributed to a number of artists albums that went Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Dacus’ background vocals may be heard on Billy Joel's “My Life”.
Dacus has worked and performed with a number of renowned musicians, including Billie Joel, Boz Scaggs, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Neil Young, John Lennon, Elvin Bishop, REO Speedwagon, Steve Cropper, Kiki Dee, Elton John, Chicago, The Turtles, Roger McGuinn, Badfinger, Bobby Womack, Mac Davis, Veronique Sanson, Bonnie Bramlett, Deep Purple, Ambrosia, Orleans, Berry Gordy of Motown's MoWest Label group Odyssey, Rick James, and Spirit.