Joseph's Medical Center to Dorothy Vignolo who was a potato chip factory worker, and Joe Isaak who was a forklift driver.
But all work and no play make Chris a dull boy, and when the sun was up, Isaak and company were out at the hotel pool, splashing about in the azure blue when they weren't monopolizing the covered 50-foot long water slide, which was poised over the pool.
Isaak, resplendent in his striped jams, ever the rebel, defied the rules, and refused to "keep his hands by his sides at all times " as hotel proprietor, Peter Morton stood scowling nearby.
No sooner has Chris Isaak enveloped my hand in a bear-like shake than he’s grabbed his guitar and launched into a rendition of Willie Nelson’s Undo The Right (“If you don’t love me, darlin’, just leave me…”), his crooning baritone as muscular as ever.
Though I’ve been allocated only a brief interview slot with Chris it’s still a delight when the man behind the million-selling 1989 single Wicked Game then launches into Mr Lonely Man, a track from his haunting, country-influenced new album Mr Lucky.
It’s ironic that Carole was the first person to pass Chris a guitar because, in hindsight, he wishes he’d sacrificed his fledgling career for her.
“If I had a magic wand and I could go back in time I wouldn’t have been a musician if I could have married my first girlfriend,” he says resignedly. “Hopefully I’ll meet somebody out there at the right time when I’ve slowed down from this career.” That implies, though, that his career remains more important than wife-hunting.
“Hey Mr Lonely Man / I look in that mirror / You look so sad… Chris has never found a woman to measure up to his high school sweetheart Carole Lowe who died of cancer in 1999.
/ Since the girl left it’s all gone bad,” he sings and, later, he explains that all his songs are written from personal experience. “She was a damn good woman,” he says sadly, “but I was broke and she said: ‘What would we live on? She got cancer way too young but I got to see her and be in her life.” None of his subsequent relationships quite measured up though he says he’s still close to his former girlfriends.
Recently, the affable Isaak has been skewered in the tabloid press by Margaret Cho, the comedian and star of "All American Girl," whom he dated last year.
Cho claimed that the reason she and Chris Isaak split up was because she talked about their dating in her stand-up act.
He is not easily moved by emotional displays and can be curiously detached from his own emotions and those of others.