Now Daly makes album

Big John 'the new Dylan' of the record business

Bob Warters's picture
Fri, 8 Mar 2002

Not content to be one of golf’s all-time characters and longest drivers, John Daly has recorded an album of songs to be released next month.

Daly - new record out.

The 35-year-old, whose grip-it-and rip-it technique has earned him countless fans around the world, as well as two major golf titles, has recorded an album of his favourite rock and country and western music – including three of his own compositions.

Called ‘This is my life’ it features support from leading artists, including Hootie and the Blowfish – all mad keen golfers – and Daly playing some of the 47 guitars he owns, some of which belonged to Alice Cooper, B.B.King and the Hollies’ Graham Nash.

"I never would have dreamed I would have done an album, but a lot of people talked me into it," says Daly, who's playing in this week’s Honda Classic at Heron Bay. "It's a way that I can tell my fans how much I really love them. They can understand my life through these songs. It's really cool.

"I think mentally this is the strongest, toughest I have ever been in all aspects of my life, and that helps a lot," says Daly who hopes the release of the record will coincide with his return to the US Masters in April.

"The whole album is about my life," says Daly. "There is a lot of fun, a lot of humour and a lot of sadness. It's sort of about how my life has been up and down and the fans who have stuck with me."

Daly wrote two of the songs he sings – engineers claim he sounds a bit like Bob Dylan - including ‘All My Ex's Wear Rolexes.’

"My ex-wives probably won't like it much, but it doesn't mention their names," he says.

Daly believes fans like him so much because they can relate to his problems. He's married a fourth time and claims Sherrie, is an important reason he's so content. He also reports he isn't drinking and doesn't feel tempted.

"It's been a long time since I've had one," Daly said. "I just haven't had a desire even to have one. That option is always open, but it's not something I've even thought about lately."

*Daly was one of the players unable to complete their first round in the Honda Classic, when heavy rain washed out play. Brad Faxon leads with a seven under par 65, with Swede Per-Ulrick Johansson in second place on five under par.



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