James Melton

James Melton (January 2, 1904 – April 21, 1961), a popular singer in the 1920s and early 1930s, later began a career as an operatic singer when tenor voices went out of style in popular music around 1932–35. His singing talent was similar to that of his contemporary Richard Crooks and baritones John Charles Thomas and Nelson Eddy who sang popular music but also had operatic careers.

Melton usually catered to popular music fans, singing romantic songs and popular ballads in a sweet style. He was born in Moultrie, Georgia but was raised in Citra, Florida, where his parents grew melons and handled hogs. Melton's father ran a sawmill in the time of history when sawmills were temporary tent buildings built near available lumber trees. He did this in Citrus, Florida an area within 60 miles of Orlando, Florida where Disney world is today. He was not raised on a hog farm.

In 1920, he graduated from high school in Ocala, Florida and then attended college at the University of Florida, Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia. He received vocal instruction from Gaetano de Luca in Nashville from 1923 to 1927 before moving to New York where he studied with Beniamino Gigli's teacher, Enrico Rosati. Melton also worked in dance bands, playing saxophone in a college jazz ensemble and performing with Francis Craig's Orchestra in Atlanta in 1926.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 2nd, 1904 (Moultrie), Died April 21st, 1961

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 188 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-43972 10-in. 5/11/1928 Mammy is gone The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-43989 10-in. 5/16/1928 Was it a dream? The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-45267 12-in. 6/13/1928 Old folks at home Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-45268 12-in. 6/13/1928 Open thy lattice, love Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-45632 12-in. 6/14/1928 Hard times come again no more Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with male vocal chorus vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-45636 12-in. 6/15/1928 Nelly was a lady Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with male vocal chorus vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-45652 12-in. 6/22/1928 My old Kentucky home Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus and whistling vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-45653 12-in. 6/22/1928 Ring de banjo Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-45654 12-in. 6/22/1928 Old black Joe Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with male vocal quartet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-45662 10-in. 6/28/1928 Twelve o'clock waltz Victor Arden ; Phil Ohman Piano duet, with male vocal trio and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-46381 10-in. 11/14/1928 Comin' home The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-46382 10-in. 11/14/1928 Evenin' The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-46385 12-in. 12/7/1928 Song of the bayou Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with male vocal chorus vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-47485 10-in. 9/23/1928 Ave Maria Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus and soloist vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-47486 10-in. 9/23/1928 Serenade Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus and soloist vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-47508 12-in. 9/13/1928 Over here Victor Male Chorus Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-47509 12-in. 9/13/1928 Over there Victor Male Chorus Male vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-47537 10-in. 9/20/1928 Blue shadows The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-47538 10-in. 9/20/1928 Dusky stevedore The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-47693 12-in. 10/22/1928 Christmas hymns and carols, no. 4 Trinity Choir Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-47694 12-in. 10/22/1928 Christmas hymns and carols, no. 3 Trinity Choir Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-47782 10-in. 10/25/1928 Lover, come back to me! Arden-Ohman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-47783 10-in. 10/25/1928 Marianne Arden-Ohman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-47797 10-in. 10/30/1928 Ups-a-daisy! Arden-Ohman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-48137 10-in. 11/8/1928 Wipin' the pan High Hatters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 26-50 of 188 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Melton, James," accessed March 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105137.

Melton, James. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105137.

"Melton, James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 March 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105137

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