Lacy J. Dalton (born 1948) is an American country and western singer and songwriter. She had a number of hits in the 1980s, including "Takin' It Easy" and "16th Avenue." She was born Jill Byrem in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.
< Image with unknown copyright status removed: Image:LJD-BW-2.gif -->Eclectic and bluesy, Lacy J. Dalton was one of the most distinctive female country singers of the '80s, landing a few hits on the strength of her gritty, nuanced vocals.
Dalton was born Jill Byrem in Bloomsburg, PA, in 1948, and grew up in a highly musical family; her first loves were folkies like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, but she also soaked up country music through her father. She briefly attended Brigham Young University but dropped out and drifted around the country for a time; she eventually went to Los Angeles, then migrated to Santa Cruz, where she performed as a protest-oriented folksinger. During the late '60s, she sang with a Bay Area psychedelic rock band called Office; she also became Jill Croston when she married the group's manager, though, sadly, he died in a swimming pool accident. She went on to reinvent herself as a country perfo...