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Lacy J. Dalton

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Lacy J. Dalton
Background information
Birth nameJill Lynne Byrem
Also known asJill Croston
Born (1946-10-13) October 13, 1946 (age 77)
OriginBloomsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1978–present
LabelsHarbor, Columbia, Universal, Capitol, Liberty, Shop Records, Song Dog
WebsiteOfficial website

Lacy J. Dalton (born Jill Lynne Byrem; October 13, 1946)[1] is an American country music singer and songwriter. She is known for her gritty, powerful vocals, which People Magazine likened to a country equivalent of Bonnie Raitt.[2]

Dalton had a number of hits in the 1980s, including "Takin' It Easy", "Crazy Blue Eyes", and "16th Avenue". Though absent from the U.S. country charts since 1990, she still continues to record and perform, having most recently released three independently recorded albums: Wild Horse Crossing on Shop Records in 1999; The Last Wild Place on Song Dog Records in 2004; and her 2010 self-released Here's To Hank.[3]

When asked about her musical influences, she replied: "Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Janis Joplin, Robert Johnson, Karen Dalton, Fred Koller, Big Mama Thornton, Billie Holiday, Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette and J. J. Cale."[4]

Personal life[edit]

Dalton has taken an interest in saving Nevada's wild horses after she found some of them roaming around Virginia City. In her "Mustang Messenger", Lacy's Let 'em Run Foundation newsletter she writes:

...the New Year will find me attempting to view the restoration of horse slaughter for human consumption in some sort of light that will keep my head from exploding. Our wonderful vet here said "at least they won't be going to Mexico as much, where slaughter methods are unspeakable ... I was moved to write a song which we'll soon share with you on YouTube; for now, here are the lyrics: “ODE TO SLAUGHTERHOUSE SUE AND THE BUTCHERIN’ CREW[5][6][7]

What kind of cowgirl eats horses?
What kind of Rodeo Queen?...
What kind of cowboy eats horses?
When he’s spent his whole life raisin' beef...

For many years Dalton resided in the mountains of Santa Cruz, California, notably a retired Boy Scout Camp owned by Janice Papa in Ben Lomond, California



Year Title US Country Label
1978 Jill Croston Harbor
1980 Lacy J. Dalton 11 Columbia
Hard Times 18
1981 Takin' It Easy 12
1982 16th Avenue 23
1983 Dream Baby 20
Greatest Hits 63
1985 Can't Run Away from Your Heart 33
1986 Highway Diner 32
1987 Blue Eyed Blues
1989 Survivor 31 Universal
1990 Lacy J. 26 Capitol
1991 Crazy Love
1992 Chains on the Wind Liberty
1993 The Best of Lacy J. Dalton
1995 Somethin' Special Sony
1998 Pure Country
1999 Wild Horse Crossing Shop Records
2000 Anthology Renaissance
2001 Country Classics EMI
2004 The Last Wild Place Song Dog
2006 The Last Wild Place Anthology
2010 Here's To Hank Lacy J Dalton


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1979 "Crazy Blue Eyes" 17 Lacy J. Dalton
1980 "The Tennessee Waltz" 18 43
"Losing Kind of Love" 14 57
"Hard Times" 7 16 Hard Times
"Hillbilly Girl with the Blues" 8 10
1981 "Whisper" 10 12
"Takin' It Easy" 2 2 Takin' It Easy
"Everybody Makes Mistakes" 5 28
1982 "Slow Down"[A] 13 16th Avenue
"16th Avenue" 7 13
1983 "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" 9 10 Dream Baby
"Windin' Down" 54
1984 "If That Ain't Love" 15 15 Can't Run Away from Your Heart
1985 "You Can't Run Away from Your Heart" 20 20
"The Night Has a Heart of Its Own" 58
1986 "Don't Fall in Love with Me" 43 46
"Working Class Man" 16 19 Highway Diner
"This Ol' Town" 33 35
1989 "The Heart" 13 * Survivor
"I'm a Survivor" 57
"Hard Luck Ace" 38 75
1990 "Black Coffee" 15 19 Lacy J.
"Where Did We Go Right" [B]
"Lonesome (As the Night Is Long)" 71
1991 "Forever in My Heart"[8] Crazy Love
"Lightnin' Strikes a Good Man"[9]
"The Deal"[10]
1992 "Bye Bye Love" (with Eddie Rabbitt) 69 Chains on the Wind
2004 "Slip Away" The Last Wild Place
2013 "Next to Me"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions

Charted B-sides[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Original A-side single
US Country CAN Country
1982 "Wild Turkey" flip 33 "Everybody Makes Mistakes"

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1983 "It's a Dirty Job" Bobby Bare 30 The Columbia Years
1985 "Size Seven Round (Made of Gold)" George Jones 19 11 Ladies' Choice
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Single Director
1989 "I'm a Survivor" Jim May/Clarke Gallivan
1990 "Black Coffee" Michael Salomon
1991 "Lightnin’ Strikes A Good Man" Deaton-Flanigen Productions



  1. ^ "Biography". Lacyjdalton.org. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Official Biography". Lacy J. Dalton Productions, LLC. Archived from the original on 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2012-07-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Lacy J. Dalton - Biography, Albums, Streaming Links - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ Questions and answers Archived 2013-06-04 at the Wayback Machine, Lacy J Dalton Official Website, retrieved and quoted with permission on June 1, 2013
  5. ^ Lacy's Let 'em Run Foundation's newsletter Archived 2013-07-12 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved and quoted with permission on June 1, 2013
  6. ^ See also: "Lacy J. Dalton - Girls from Santa Cruz DVD". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2013-06-01. for more on the plight of the Comstock's Wild Horses.
  7. ^ An article from the Virginia City News Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine: (April 21, 2008) - mentions that legend Willie Nelson, with Ms. Dalton, and "a growing legion of country recording artists" have started a national radio campaign to save Nevada's wild horses that might be sold for slaughter.
  8. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. March 2, 1991.
  9. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. July 20, 1991.
  10. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. November 9, 1991.
  11. ^ "Hot Country Radio Breakouts" (PDF). Billboard. July 28, 1990.

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