1980 Dayton – Dayton

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.


1Dank (David Shawn Sandridge, Chris Jones, Dean Hummons)3:39
2Eyes On You (David Shawn Sandridge, Chris Jones, Dean Hummons)6:36
3Let Go (David Shawn Sandridge, Chris Jones, Dean Hummons)5:15
4Tonight (David Shawn Sandridge, Chris Jones, Dean Hummons)4:28
5Dayton (Jam) (David Shawn Sandridge, Chris Jones, Dean Hummons)5:35
6Livin’ For Today (David Shawn Sandridge, Chris Jones, Dean Hummons)5:12
7So Glad (David Shawn Sandridge, Chris Jones, Dean Hummons)4:40
8Daytime Friend (David Shawn Sandridge, Chris Jones, Dean Hummons)4:20



BassDerrick Armstrong
BassMike Sharfe
DrumsJohn Hardin
GuitarDavid Shawn Sandridge
ClavinetDean Hummons
ClavinetDavid Shawn Sandridge
Fender RhodesChris Jones
KeyboardsDean Hummons
OrganDean Hummons
PianoChris Jones
PianoDean Hummons
SynthesizerDean Hummons
French HornJohn Gerber
SaxMike Anares
SaxMike Campbell (2)
SaxVince Andrews
TromboneKen Kappel
TrombonePaul Piller
TrumpetChris Jones
TrumpetJeff Park
TrumpetJohn Wagner
TrumpetVince DiMartino
HarpMichelle Himmel
PercussionDean Hummons
PercussionDavid Shawn Sandridge
PercussionChris Jones
PercussionGuy Remonko
Background VocalsDerrick Armstrong
VocalsJenny Douglas
VocalsDavid Shawn Sandridge
VocalsChris Jones

Liner Notes

Producer – David Shawn Sandridge
Producer, Arranged By (Strings, Horns), Mixed By – Rich Goldman
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Dean Hummons
Arranged By (Strings, Horns) – David Shawn Sandridge
Arranged By (Strings, Horns), Concertmaster – Steve Hoskins
Arranged By (Vocals) – Chris Jones
Engineer (Assistant) – Tom Robinson
Mastered By – Larry Bodin
Mixed By, Recorded By – Gary Platt

Cello – Laura McLellan, Susan Thornton
Violin – Andy Zaplatynsky, Denise Doolan, Jim Braid, Larry Howard, Lois Reid, Ron Kowieczka

Art Direction – Bill Burks
Design – Jeff Lancaster
Photography By – Francois Robert
Illustration – Ron Croci

Recorded At – Fifth Floor Recording Studios
Mixed At – Fifth Floor Recording Studios
Mastered At – MCA Whitney Recording Studios
Copyright (c) – Liberty/United Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Liberty/United Records, Inc.