Real Name:
Karen J. Dalton née Jean Karen Cariker
Profile:
Karen J. Dalton (Jean Karen Cariker) (July 19, 1937 – March 19, 1993) was an American folk blues singer and banjo player associated with the early 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene, particularly with Fred Neil and the Holy Modal Rounders as well as Bob Dylan.

Dalton, whose heritage was Cherokee, was born in Enid, Oklahoma. Her bluesy, world-weary voice is often compared to that of iconic jazz singer Billie Holiday. She sang blues, folk, country, pop, Motown -- making over each song in her own style. She played the twelve string Gibson guitar and a long neck banjo.

In his 2004 autobiography, Bob Dylan wrote this in his description of discovering and joining the music scene at Greenwich Village's Cafe Wha? after arriving in New York City in 1961: "My favorite singer in the place was Karen Dalton. Karen had a voice like Billie Holiday and played guitar like Jimmy Reed... I sang with her a couple of times."

Dalton's second album, In My Own Time (1971), was recorded at Bearsville Studios and originally released by Woodstock Festival promoter Michael Lang's label, Just Sunshine Records. The album was produced and arranged by Harvey Brooks, who played bass on it. (Harvey Brooks played bass also on the Miles Davis album Bitches Brew, on the Bob Dylan album Highway 61 Revisited and on the Richie Havens album Mixed Bag.) Piano player Richard Bell guested on In My Own Time. Its liner notes were written by Fred Neil and its cover photos were taken by Elliot Landy. Less well-known is Dalton's first album, It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You the Best (Capitol, 1969), which was re-released by Koch Records on CD in 1996.

Both Dalton's albums were re-released in November 2006: It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best, on the French Megaphone-Music label, included a bonus DVD featuring rare performance footage of Dalton. In My Own Time was re-released on CD and LP on November 7, 2006 by Light In The Attic Records.

The version of the song Something on Your Mind (composed by Dino Valenti) that is sung by Dalton on her album In My Own Time is the soundtrack during the ending credits of the 2007 film Margot at the Wedding, which was written and directed by Noah Baumbach and starred Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Known as "the folk singer's answer to Billie Holiday" and "Sweet Mother K.D.", Dalton is said to be the subject of the song Katie's Been Gone (composed by Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson) on the album The Basement Tapes by The Band and Bob Dylan. She struggled with drugs and alcohol for many years. It has been widely reported that she died in 1993 on the streets of New York City after an eight-year battle with AIDS.

However, an article in Uncut magazine confirmed that Dalton was actually being cared for by the guitarist Peter Walker in upstate New York during her last months.
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Albums

none Karen Dalton - The Capitol Disc Jockey Album (November 1969) album art Various In The Evening (It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best) and 1 more… Various - The Capitol Disc Jockey Album (November 1969)(LP, Album, Promo, Smplr, Transcription) Capitol Records none US 1969 Sell This Version
none Karen Dalton - Rolling Stone Le Samp-ler N°48 - Février 2007 album art Various Something On Your Mind Various - Rolling Stone Le Samp-ler N°48 - Février 2007(CD, Album, Promo, Smplr, Car) Cyber Press Publishing none France 2007 Sell This Version
MRC-103 Karen Dalton - The Anniversary Of The Light album art Various Other Side Of This Life Various - The Anniversary Of The Light(Cass) Mississippi Records MRC-103 US 2013 Sell This Version
CDMEGA26 Karen Dalton - Sing And They’ll Sing Your Song (A Megaphone Keepsake) album art Various It's Alright (Remastered) and 1 more… Various - Sing And They’ll Sing Your Song (A Megaphone Keepsake)(CD, Album) Megaphone Music CDMEGA26 France 2017 Sell This Version
MEGA26LP Karen Dalton - Sing And They’ll Sing Your Song (A Megaphone Keepsake) album art Various It's Alright (Remastered) Various - Sing And They’ll Sing Your Song (A Megaphone Keepsake)(LP, Album, RE) Megaphone Music MEGA26LP France 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Karen Dalton - III album art Den Sorte Skole Katie Cruel Den Sorte Skole - III (Album) Not On Label (Den Sorte Skole Self-released) Denmark 2013 Sell This Version
YETI-13 Karen Dalton - Yeti 13 album art Various Travelin' Shoes Various - Yeti 13(7") Yeti Publishing LLC YETI-13 US 2013 Sell This Version

Compilations

Karen Dalton - Original Seeds: Songs That Inspired Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds album art Various Katie Cruel Various - Original Seeds: Songs That Inspired Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (Comp, Album) Rubber Records, BMG Australia Limited Australia 1998 Sell This Version
Not on Label Karen Dalton - Sånger Om Kärlek album art Various I Love You More Than Words Can Say Various - Sånger Om Kärlek(2xCDr, Comp, Promo) Feber 2 Not on Label Sweden 2004 Sell This Version
none Karen Dalton - Lammas Night Laments Volume 12 album art Various How Did The Feeling Feel To You? Various - Lammas Night Laments Volume 12(CDr, Comp, Unofficial) The Unbroken Circle none UK 2005 Sell This Version
SMM 520163-2, 5201632000 Karen Dalton - Chroniques Volume 1 album art Bob Dylan Bibbon Bow Bob Dylan - Chroniques Volume 1(2xCD, Comp) Sony Music Media, Sony Music Media SMM 520163-2, 5201632000 France 2005 Sell This Version
Karen Dalton - The Record Shop - 30 Years Of Rough Trade Shops album art Various In The Evening (It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best) Various - The Record Shop - 30 Years Of Rough Trade Shops (Comp) V2 UK 2006 Sell This Version
September 2006 Karen Dalton - The Roots Of Bob Dylan album art Various How Did The Feeling Feel To You Various - The Roots Of Bob Dylan(CD, Comp) Mojo Magazine September 2006 UK 2006 Sell This Version
LKS 339472 Karen Dalton - Margo At The Wedding album art Various Something On Your Mind Various - Margo At The Wedding(CD, Comp) Lakeshore Records LKS 339472 US 2007 Sell This Version
Incite 49 Karen Dalton - Incite 49 album art Various Katie Cruel Various - Incite 49(CD, Album, Comp, Smplr) XLR8R Incite 49 US 2007 Sell This Version
none Karen Dalton - Oxford American Southern Music CD #9 album art Various Katie Cruel Various - Oxford American Southern Music CD #9(CD, Comp) Oxford American none US 2007 Sell This Version
none Karen Dalton - 100 Trésors Cachés: Chansons Rares & Indispensables album art Various Sweet Substitute Various - 100 Trésors Cachés: Chansons Rares & Indispensables(6xCD, Comp) Les Inrockuptibles none France 2007 Sell This Version
Karen Dalton - Sleepwalk: A Selection By Optimo (Espacio) album art Optimo (Espacio)* Something On Your Mind Optimo (Espacio)* - Sleepwalk: A Selection By Optimo (Espacio) (Comp) Domino UK 2008 Sell This Version
REP 5102 Karen Dalton - Songs From The Invisible Republic: The Music That Influenced Bob Dylan album art Various Ribbon Bow Various - Songs From The Invisible Republic: The Music That Influenced Bob Dylan(2xCD, Comp, Sli) Repertoire Records REP 5102 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
CD LI 08 159 mars 2008 Karen Dalton - Les Inrockuptibles Présentent Girl Power ! album art Various Something On Your Mind Various - Les Inrockuptibles Présentent Girl Power !(CD, Comp) Les Inrockuptibles CD LI 08 159 mars 2008 France 2008 Sell This Version
Karen Dalton - Light In The Attic Records Sampler 2009 album art Various Katie Cruel Various - Light In The Attic Records Sampler 2009 (Comp) Light In The Attic US 2009 Sell This Version
RSD-09, LITA 044A Karen Dalton - This LP Crashes Hard Drives album art Various Katie Cruel Various - This LP Crashes Hard Drives(LP, Comp, Ltd + CD, Smplr) Record Store Day, Light In The Attic RSD-09, LITA 044A US 2009 Sell This Version
2630033507887 Karen Dalton - Collectorama # 2 - Folk album art Various Little Bit Of Rain Various - Collectorama # 2 - Folk(2xCD, Comp) Les Inrockuptibles 2630033507887 France 2009 Sell This Version
March 2009 Karen Dalton - Bad Seeds (Nick Cave: Roots & Collaborations) (Mojo Presents A 15 Track Celebration) album art Various Katie Cruel Various - Bad Seeds (Nick Cave: Roots & Collaborations) (Mojo Presents A 15 Track Celebration)(CD, Comp) Mojo Magazine March 2009 UK 2009 Sell This Version
December 2010 Karen Dalton - Dylan's Scene (The Sound Of Greenwich Village) album art Various Same Old Man Various - Dylan's Scene (The Sound Of Greenwich Village)(CD, Comp) Mojo Magazine December 2010 UK 2010 Sell This Version