Karen Dalton: Most Amazing Voice Ever.

Via on Dec 3, 2010

Karen Dalton: So Beautiful it Hurts MeToo.

Karen Dalton is one of my favorites.

Part of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene, she was admired by the likes of Fred Neil and Bob Dylan, who compared her voice to Billie Holiday and her guitar playing to Jimmy Reid.

From a French documentary filmed in 1969, here is Dalton performing “It Hurts Me Too”:

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Singing about Colorado:

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And finally, her version of “How Sweet it is”:

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4 Responses to “Karen Dalton: Most Amazing Voice Ever.”

  1. JinpaG says:

    Her life was pretty rough, but, yes, I agree … one of the more haunting, affecting voices I’ve heard out of the 60’s folk scene. Thanks for posting the videos!

    – gabrielle

  2. candicegarrett says:

    holy mother. I love Karen Dalton, not alot of people know about her. Do you know Bob Dylan was influenced by her? I love "Green Rocky Road" and 'Sweet Substitute" best! ♥

    Rough life though :(

  3. elephantjournal says:


    Candice G: holy mother. I love Karen Dalton, not alot of people know about her. Do you know Bob Dylan was influenced by her? I love "Green Rocky Road" and 'Sweet Substitute" best! ♥
    4 hours ago · LikeUnlike ·
    Jacque S: Thanks for sharing this elephant journal! Karen Dalton has another new fan~me!!! ; )

    Albert G: Thanks for this. Love Karen Dalton. So tragic the way she didn't get the recognition she deserved and had a tragic life and ending as well.

  4. Juliana McCarthy says:

    Loving that so many already know and love her and loving that some of you are connecting with her for the first time. It's true that her voice is hauntingly beautiful, with real timelessness. Such a powerful, authentic person with a sadly tragic life.

    Happy I am able share my appreciation for her with all of you.

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