“How many of you have never heard of Dakota Staton?”
I have always heard and repeated – with a long 'A' vowel – the pronunciation of: Staton. Yet, even Mr. Barker is not exactly sure how to state the name of an artist whom he obviously respected; even though she was not of his generation. (It would be like me talking about, Alicia Keyes – but, ten years from now.)
Dakota Staton was a big enough star by the 1960's that even my parents had a copy of, Dakota Staton WITH STRINGS in their own minute record collection. The LP was purchased by someone, from the 'cut-out' bin. Nevertheless, by that afternoon 1976 – when Mr. Barker was speaking to the Xavier Students about this potent Capitol Records artist, I was excavating the LP with her smiling head amidst glowing dots of “lounge lights.” After considering my past, I now say that 'with strings' was the first Jazz Vocal record that I ever heard. I'm so glad to have it now; I Thought About You, sounds divine spinning on my Denon... drifting through my Klipsch 'corner horns' here at Maison Musique.