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Dakota Staton: Distinctive VocalistCopyright © 2007
Dakota Staton, a lifelong performer with a distinctive hornlike voice, died April 10 after a long illness.
Staton came to prominence in 1957 with her first LP, The Late, Late Show, which was released by Capitol Records. Following that success, she recorded with George Shearing and toured with Benny Goodman, yet she never achieved the name recognition of some of her contemporaries.
Staton had begun singing and dancing as a child, and by the late '40s was a regular performer in Detroit and other Midwestern cities, often appearing with her saxophonist brother Fred's band. In 1955, DownBeat named her the most promising new artist of the year.
She left New York City in the mid-'60s and worked extensively in England and Germany. After returning to the U.S. in the '70s she continued working in both jazz and blues settings. She recorded Isn't This A Lovely Day for Muse in 1992, and just weeks before her death Live At Milestones was released on the Caffe Jazz label.