Dion Payton


Dion Payton

Dion Payton (born October 21, 1950, Greenwood, Mississippi, United States) is an American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, who gained popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s in Chicago clubs.[1]

Payton gained recording experience at Chess Records with gospel groups such as The Violinaires before touring with Millie Jackson, Albert King and O.V. Wright. He first caught the attention of Alligator Records while playing rhythm guitar and co-arranging Lonnie Brooks' 1983 album, Hot Shot. After leaving Brooks, Payton assembled the 43rd Street Blues Band in 1985, which served as the weekend house band at Kingston Mines for many years. The band's name referred to the location of the Checkerboard Lounge where they served as Junior Wells's backing band. Accompanying Payton on rhythm guitar was Joanna Connor. Payton was signed to a recording contract with Virgin Records, but never released any albums with Virgin or other record label. His only commercial recording is his "All Your Affection Is Gone," from The New Bluebloods recording released in 1987.

Payton now performs infrequently in the Chicago area.

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