Dayton (band)

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Origin Dayton, Ohio
Genres Post-disco, funk, urban contemporary

Dayton was a post-disco funk band, formed in Dayton, Ohio, United States by Chris Jones (trumpet, keyboards, vocals) from the band Sun and Shawn Sandridge (guitar, vocals) from Over Night Low. Derrick Armstrong (vocals), Kevin Hurt (drums, percussion), Jennifer Matthews (vocals) and Rachel Beavers (vocals) completed the line up. Former Sun member Dean Hummons played the keyboards on the first two Dayton albums.


The group signed to Liberty Records in 1980 and released their self-titled debut album which included the track "Eyes On You". Dayton toured with Ashford & Simpson, Quincy Jones and Stephanie Mills. They recorded a second Liberty album, Cutie Pie, in 1981. Guest musicians included James "Diamond" Williams, Keith Harrison, Clarence "Chet" Willis, Billy Beck, Wes Boatman and Vincent Andrews.

The group switched to Capitol Records in 1982 and delivered the successful album Hot Fun. This record included "Krackity-Krack" with a guest appearance by Bootsy Collins and their hit cover version of Sly Stone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime."

Dayton introduced Rahni Harris as vocalist/keyboard player on their third album, Feel The Music in 1983, which included "The Sound Of Music". "The Sound of Music" recorded on Capitol (CL318) Records was their best known track in the UK, where it reached #75 in the UK Singles Chart for one week in late 1983. It became very popular in nightclubs throughout the UK. [1] The song "Love You Anyway" was produced by Zapp’s Roger Troutman. Harris did most of the songwriting and production.

They released their last album This Time in 1985, also produced by Harris. The single "You Should Be Dancin'" was released from this LP (the last track on side 2) but failed to chart in the UK. The album did not match their previous efforts and marked the end of Dayton.




Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. R&B
1982 "Hot Fun In The Summertime" 17 Hot Fun
1982 "Krackity Krack" 19 Hot Fun
1982 "We Can't Miss" 15 Hot Fun
1983 "Meet The Man" 17 Hot Fun
1983 "It Must Be Love" 54 Feel the Music
1985 "This Time" 81 This Time


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 143. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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