Meet the 71-year-old DJ entertaining Paoli train riders

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DJ Tom Dalton at the Paoli train station on Sept. 26, 2015. (Kathy Boccella / staff)

"Good morning, Paoli Train Station! I always wanted to say that.”

With those words just after sunrise at 7 a.m., Tom Dalton opened his four-hour gig as a DJ, programming music for the pilgrims as they waited for their train at the Paoli SEPTA stop. The 71-year-old Dalton, from Kimberton, said he’s played at bar mitzvahs, weddings, pool parties, and even Citizens Bank Park and down on the Delaware River — but never before at a train station.

He said he had good job at a high-tech company when he quit 13 years ago to follow his musical passion.

“I always wanted to do this — this is the best thing ever,” said Dalton, as he played his first tune of the morning, “Downtown Train” by Rod Stewart. “I’m not making any money but I love it.”

Dalton said his plan was to mix in religious numbers with some apropos hits like George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” and “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys. Later in the gig he’d said he would play the Nancy Sinatra classic, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”

“You gotta have fun,” he said, as he fired up the Kingston Trio’s “One More Town” in honor of Pope Francis’ odyssey. “He’s been all over the place,” Dalton said. “How he does he do it?!”