Pat and Jack reside in Winter Haven, Florida, with Teddy, their 12-year-old Shih-Tzu., and are still active in music.
Patricia Scot landed on this planet as Charlotte Anne
Shealy on October 23, 1931, in West Allis, a suburb
of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Music and performing has
been the center of her life, starting with her singing
"Good Ship Lollipop" as a three-year-old, while tap
dancing and acrobatic lessons soon followed. At
eight years of age, she started piano lessons. She
performed in school plays when she was 11 - one
most notably as the lead in a production of
"Rumpelstiltskin". She sang in the choir and glee
club in high school, and upon graduating at 17, she
began singing with various groups in and around
Milwaukee. Billed as Pat Shealy, she went on a
country-wide tour with the Tommy Reed Band, a
group out of Chicago. After the tour, and home again
in Milwaukee, she sang in clubs around Wisconsin
for a while, and changed her name to Patricia Scot.
Pat moved to Chicago permanently, and one of her first breaks came when acclaimed tenor
saxophonist Charlie Ventura invited her to sing with his band in Toronto. Soon after this, she
signed her first recording contract with Tiffany Records, who released "So Many Beautiful
Men" and "A Dangerous Age". Another release was "I'm Giving All My Love To You",
written by Johnny Keane. Pat was enthralled with the big city and its thriving club scene.
"A group called "The Soft Winds Trio" was playing in the lounge of the Wisconsin Hotel. I fell in love
with this wonderful jazz combo with Lou Carter on piano, Johnny Frigo on bass, and Herb Ellis on
guitar. One of Johnny Frigo's great songs, "Nothing At All", is on my album "Once Around The Clock".
"I was singing at the Streamliner, which was a popular jazz club where
musicians would stop in to jam. Bill Evans, on leave from the army on
weekends, would perform his magic on piano. Anita O'Day dropped in
once in a while. Moody lady - you never knew if she'd greet you with a
smile or tell you to bug off. I think she said 'bug'."
"They named it 'In Town Tonight' because of all the
stars and musicians who would stop over in Chicago -
going from NY to LA and back. Too many guest stars in
five years to name them all. I had to make public
appearances for the show, and one afternoon found
myself at a luncheon, sitting with Sammy Davis, Jr. He
guest-starred that evening. Terrific performer - and a
real sweet guy, too."
While performing at The Cloisters Inn, she was approached by CBS Talent Director
George Ramsby to join WBBM, where she sang on a morning radio show for several
months. This led to her five-year stint with the hit TV show "In Town Tonight".
"Jim Conway, the host of In Town Tonight, was also a Lt. Commander (Ret.) in the Navy, and his good friend, Dick Newhafer, was a
member of the Blue Angels. I was one of the few civilians ever to fly in a Blue Angel jet. It was the thrill of a lifetime...we were flying over
Lake Michigan and Milwaukee in seconds!"
"In 1955, TV Guide awarded me Best Female Singer
of the year. I still have the gold statuette (my "Oscar")
sitting on my piano."
In 1957, she married Mike Nichols (before he became Nichols & May) and
left Chicago to join Mike in New York. She was booked into The Den in the
Duane Hotel, opening for Lenny Bruce, and then the famed Blue Angel, where
she opened for Nichols & May and again for Shelley Berman. During this time
in New York, she recorded an album for ABC-Paramount, "Once Around The
Clock", with the renowned Creed Taylor orchestra. After a short two year
marriage plagued with much separation, she and Nichols divorced amicably.
"Patrick O'Neal and his wife Cynthia were hosting one of those
New York parties where people from all phases of celebrity
gathered, and Norman Mailer came over to me. Tired of dealing
with smart-ass intellectuals, I had grown a real attitude toward
anyone questioning my intelligence. After a few moments of small
talk, Mailer said, "Let's see if you've got anything on the ball."
"Fuck you!" was out of my mouth before I had a chance to think.
He immediately returned the suggestion, of course. Later he came
over to apologize, but I wasn't interested in passing his IQ test.
"My first New York singing gig was at The Den in the Duane
Hotel, opening for Lenny Bruce. He was a sweet, gentle man, who
used to massage my feet in the dressing room between shows. This
was his New York debut...he was brilliant and wildly funny."
"My first night in town I checked into a hotel, not knowing it was a
haven for hookers. There were knocks on the door all night long! I
checked out in a hurry the next morning, and, walking down the street,
ran into Johnny (Frigo). He laughed about my choice of hotels, and
guided me to a decent place to stay."
"I started doing some singing commercials for Dick Wooley, besides
working in nightclubs and restaurants. Wooley now heads the popular
"Tops Swing Band" - TOPS being an acronym for Tough Old
Pros...excellent Cleveland area musicians.
"I was booked into The Theatrical Grille to open for Clark Terry and
we soon became good friends. Clark was invited to be the guest
Conductor and Soloist at Kent State for a benefit concert by the KSU
Lab Band. Joe Williams was also featured, and Clark asked me to join
them. I was pretty thrilled to be in such illustrious company. I wish I'd
kept in touch with Clark, now that I have a better appreciation of his
artistry on the trumpet."
"Dickerson and I received an
invitation from the President of
The United States and Mrs.
Nixon to attend a party at the
White House. I remember being
in the receiving line, and finally
coming face to face with Mr.
Nixon. I've never had anyone
gaze so deeply into my eyes. As
I turned to Mrs. Nixon and took
her hand, she seemed to be
almost in a trance, and her
hand was ice-cold. I'm sure she
had grown intolerably weary of
Dickerson and she, along with Adam, moved to Flagler Beach, Florida, in 1976, eventually moving to Winter Haven. In October of 1976,
she joined The Exchange Bank (which is today's Bank of America after three mergers), starting a twenty-year career. She retired from
banking in October of 1996.
Moving on to Cleveland, she again performed in various clubs and hotels.
Adam had moved back to Akron to attend the University in 1982. Dickerson died of a heart attack in July of 1997. Now
alone for the first time in 35 years, she decided to get back into performing.
She was a steady performer every week at a well-known club in Lake Wales which held jam sessions every Sunday, where
musicians came from all over Central Florida to play. For a season, she joined a group called "The Second Time Around",
playing for various club dates and dances.
In July of 1999, she was invited to sit in
on a jam session in Auburndale, where
she met trumpeter Jack Yorton. They
discovered they had much in common
- both being from Wisconsin
(Milwaukee and Kenosha), same age,
same background, same love of music.
They immediately formed their quartet,
"Prime Time" and were married in
"Adam and Colleen were planning an early Halloween party Saturday, October 21st, 2000. My birthday is
October 23rd, and Colleen told me to bring a nice dress to wear for dinner. This was a subterfuge, of course,
since they had the wedding all planned - cake and flowers and pictures. My only regret was that I wasn't
able to get a new dress. But this was the first time I ever heard of a wedding where the bride was surprised!"
Receiving a piano for Christmas in 1985, and with no piano tuner
available for three months, she decided to become a piano tuner. This
career is flourishing to this day, thanks in part to Carlton Music Center
and their many referrals of tuning customers. (The Prime Time CD was
recorded at Carlton's, with owner John Carlton on bass. With John's
untimely death in 2005, his sons, Glen and Richard, now manage the
three stores.) After almost 25 years of tuning and repairing pianos, she
has built up an impressive clientele, including taking care of the pianos
for the Polk County School Board. The many local churches, various
clubs and private customers keep her as busy as she wants to be.
"So, I finally got it right. Life is good, abundant with love and family and music."
"Mort Sahl once asked me what kind of singer I was.
After giving it some thought, "Jazz-oriented pop
singer", I told him. (I think he was surprised that I
knew such a term - being a "dumb girlsinger",
y'know.) I've always been confused as to just what
constitutes a "jazz singer". Improvising? Material?
Phrasing? Ella - yes. Doris Day - no. Sinatra - no. Joe
Williams - yes. I wish someone would enlighten me as
to what a "jazz singer" is."
"One evening, my good friend Joe Goldberg, (the associate producer of "In
Town Tonight" who also wrote the liner notes for "Once Around The Clock"),
took me to see "The Compass Players". This group was the forerunner for
"Second City". At this time, the cast was Mike Nichols, Elaine May, and
Shelley Berman, among others. I made a habit of going to watch them after
my TV show and Mike and I started seeing each other."
Joining MCA, her new agent sent her on the road
as a single (playing piano and singing), with one of
the engagements leading to a stint at The Embers in
Akron, Ohio, in 1961. There she met Pat Pace, an
accomplished classical/jazz musician and after a
"New York Minute" romance, they formed a trio
(with Roland Paolucci on bass), got married and
produced their one and only son, Adam Pace. The
trio was greatly popular in the Akron-Cleveland
area for several years; however, due to differences
of opinions as to life-styles, they divorced in 1965.
She was booked into the Purple Tree Lounge of the Manger Hotel, where she met Manager Jim Dickerson. In
September of 1970, they were married. This was the beginning of a 27-year hiatus in her singing career.
Prime Time was
for the next 10
special events. In
2008, for a brief
season, she and
Jack joined "The
Golden Era", a
dance band based
in Sebring, FL.
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