Bob Dylan, K A R E N   D A L T O N and Fred Neil at the Cafe Wha? Feb. 1961; photographer: Fred W. Darrah
Bob Dylan, Karen Dalton and Fred Neil
at the Cafe Wha? Feb. 1961

photographer: Fred W. Darrah

"All I can say is that she sure can sing  
the shit out of the blues"

Fred Neil  

Karen Dalton
"Sweet Mother K.D."
b. (as Karen J. Cariker) July 19, 1937 in Enid, Oklahoma
d. March 19, 1993 in New York



This discography is a non-commercial labor-of-love and is in no way associated with any business firm.
All I know about the resp. artist's / label's musical output is shown on this page. To purchase out-of-print records I recommend an ebay, gemm or google search. And - sorry for that - I have not the time to answer any e-mails asking me about further information, let alone duplicating out-of-print recordings I happen to own.

Stefan Wirz

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Richard Tucker and Karen Dalton
at Gerde's Folk City,
Sept. 1963

Karen Dalton LPs/CDs
of release
titlelabel # / notes
11969Karen Dalton:
It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best

- Little Bit Of Rain (Fred Neil)   @ youtube
- Sweet Substitute (Jelly Roll Morton)   @ youtube
- Ribbon Bow (P.D., adapt. Karen Dalton)
- I Love You More Than Words Can Say (Eddie Floyd / Booker T. Jones)   @ youtube
- In The Evening (It's So Hard To Tell...) (P.D., adapt. Karen Dalton)   @ youtube

- Blues On The Ceiling (Fred Neil)   @ youtube
- It Hurts Me Too (Meldon London)   @ youtube
- How Did The Feeling Feel To You (Tim Hardin)   @ youtube
- Right, Wrong Or Ready (Major Wiley)   @ youtube
- Down On The Street (Don't You Follow Me...) (Huddie Ledbetter)   @ youtube

on DVD (live):
- God Bless The Child
- It Hurts Me Too
- Little Bit Of Rain
- Blues Jumped The Rabbit

Megaphone cdmega10 is a re-release with new packaging, new booklet and a dvd with archive footage
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Capitol ST-271

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re-released 1997on CD:
Koch Records KOC-CD-7918
with extended liner notes
by Peter Stampfel

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= Megaphone CD MEGA 03

= Vivid/Capitol VSCD-540

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Megaphone cdmega10 (2006)
(Special edition CD + DVD set)

21971Karen Dalton: In My Own Time

- Something On Your Mind (Dino Valenti)   @ youtube
- When A Man Loves A Woman
  (Calvin Lewis / Andrew Wright)
- In My Own Dream (Paul Butterfield)   @ youtube
- Katie Cruel (Traditional)   @ youtube
- How Sweet It Is (Dozier/Holland/Holland)

- In A Station (Richard Manuel)
- Take Me (George Jones / L. Payne)
- Same Old Man (Traditional)
- One Night Of Love (Joe Tate)   @ youtube
- Are You Leaving For The Country (Richard Tucker)

prod. by Harvey Brooks; arrangements by Harvey Brooks & Karen Dalton; Karen Dalton, voc, 12-str. g, bj; Richard Bell, p; Harvey Brooks, b; Marcus Doubleday, tp; Robert Fritz, Belch cl; Amos Garrett, g; John Hall, g (solo on 'In My Own Dream'); Dan Hankin, g; Bill Kieth [sic], steel g; Hart McNee, ten sax; Bobby Notkoff, violin; Ken Pearson, org; Dennis Siewell, dr; John Simon, p; Gregg Thomas, dr.; Dennis Whitted, dr

notes by Fred Neil
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Paramount/Just Sunshine
(Michael Lang's label)

more info

re-released on CD
November 7, 2006

32007Karen Dalton: Cotton Eyed Joe (The Loop Tapes)
Live in Bolder 1962

CD 1
- It’s Alright (Ray Charles)
- Everytime I Think Of Freedom (trad.)
- Cotton Eyed Joe (trad.)
- Pastures Of Plenty (Woody Guthrie)
- One May Morning (trad.)
- Red Are The Flowers (Fred Neil)
- Blues On The Ceiling (Fred Neil)
- Run Tell That Major (trad.)
- Down And Out (Cox-Feldman)
- Fannin’ Street (Huddie Ledbetter)

CD 2
- In The Evening (Leroy Carr)
- Old Hannah (trad.)
- Pallett On Your Floor (Jelly Roll Morton)
- Prettiest Train (trad., Lomax Prison Recordings)
- Mole In The Ground (trad.)
- Darlin’ Corey (trad.)
- It Hurts Me Too (Mel London)
- Katie Cruel (trad.)
- Blackjack (Ray Charles)
- No More Taters (trad.)
- Good Morning Blues (Huddie Ledbetter)

rec. October 1962 live in Boulder, Colorado by Joe Loop; Karen Dalton, voc, 12-str. g; bj
2 CD set
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Megaphone (Fr)
= Delmore Recordings DEL01 (US)
42008Karen Dalton: Green Rocky Road
The Loop Tapes - Pine Street Recordings

- Green Rocky Road
- Whoopee Ti Yi Yo
- Ribbon Bow
- Katie Cruel
- Little Margaret
- Red Rockin' Chair
- Nottingham Town
- Skillet Good & Greasy
- In The Evening #

rec. 1962 and 1963 in Pine Street, Boulder, Colorado by Joe Loop; Karen Dalton, voc, 12-str. g; bj; # Richard Tucker, g; Joe Loop. dr; remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Peter Mew
notes by Dick Weissman

Delmore 71789
= Megaphone 018

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Anthologies / Compilations / Samplers
containing songs performed by Karen Dalton
of release
title / songs performed by Karen Daltonlabel # / notes
11969Great New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World November 1969
Promotional Record

Capitol PRO-2???
21998Original Seeds

16 track Australian exclusive compilation of songs covered by and or which provided inspiration for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

- Long Time Man - Tim Rose
- Catman - Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps
- Avalanche - Leonard Cohen

- Katie Cruel - Karen Dalton #
- The Hammer Song - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
- Weeping Annaleah - Tom Jones
- Sad Dark Eyes - The Loved Ones
- The Big Hurt - Scott Walker
- Tupelo Blues - John Lee Hooker
- The Long Black Veil - Lefty Frizzell
- The Folk Singer - Johnny Cash
- Another Man Done Gone - Odetta
- I'm Gonna Run To The City Of Refuge - Blind Willie Johnson
- Oh Happy Day - The Edwin Hawkins Singers
- Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus - Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin
- By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Isaac Hayes

# inspired "When I First Came To Town"
on 1992 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds CD
"Henry's Dream"

Rubber/BMG 74321552312

(Guest) Appearances on other Artist's recordings
of release
artist / title / contributions by Karen Daltonlabel # / notes
11975The Holy Modal Rounders: Alleged In Their Own Time

- Low Down Dog
- Don't Seem Right
- New Reuben's Train
- Voodoo Queen Marie
- Chittlin' Cooking Time In Cheatham County
- Nova
- Sally In The Alley
- She's More To Be Pitied

- Rocky Road
- Across The Alley From The Alamo
- Synergy
- Red Rocking Chair
- Random Canyon
- Monday Morning
- Shoot That Turkey Buzzard

rec. 1973; Peter Stampfel, Steve Weber, Robin Remailly, Luke Faust, Richard Tyler, Dave Reich; Karen Dalton harmony vocals on 2 tracks

Rounder 3004

= Vivid Sound VSCD137 (2004 Jp)

more info


Tribute albums
of release
artist / title label # / notes
55/2015Remembering Mountains
Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton

Sharon Van Etten - Remembering Mountains   @ youtube
Patty Griffin - All That Shines Is Not Truth   @ youtube
Diane Cluck - This Is Our Love   @ youtube
Julia Holter - My Love, My Love   @ youtube
Lucinda Williams - Met An Old Friend   @ youtube

Marissa Nadler - So Long Ago And Far Away   @ youtube
Laurel Halo - Blue Notion   @ youtube
Larkin Grimm - For The Love I'm In   @ youtube
Isobel Campbell - Don't Make It Easy   @ youtube
Tara Jane O'Neil - At Last The Night Has Ended   @ youtube
Josephine Foster - Met An Old Friend   @ youtube

"Karen Dalton (1937-1993) recorded two studio albums during her lifetime, neither of which contain any songs she wrote. By the good graces of legendary guitarist Peter Walker, who oversees Karen’s Estate, we are gifted with these lost lyrics, now given voice by other great women of song."
notes by Peter Walker

Tompkins Square
TSQ 5180 (LP)
TSQ 5173 (CD)
Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

thanks to Dave Moore and Sandrolin Koppel for additional info


more info
about Karen Dalton
from Nicholas Hill, reissue producer of Koch KOC-CD-7918

(almost) all pictures on this page from liner notes to Koch KOC-CD-7918


Karen Dalton @
Karen Dalton @


another Karen Dalton
singer/songwriter from Carlisle, Pennsylvania


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