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 51-75 of 188 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-48194 10-in. 11/22/1928 Got a rainbow Arden-Ohman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-49048 10-in. 1/8/1929 Raquel The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-49209 12-in. 11/27/1928 Ave Maria John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-49210 12-in. 11/27/1928 Serenade John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-49213 12-in. 11/28/1928 The hurdy-gurdy man (Der Leiermann) John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-49214 12-in. 11/28/1928 Hark! Hark! The lark John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with vocal quartet and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-49237 12-in. 12/6/1928 Holy night John McCormack ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Tenor vocal solo, with vocal quartet and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-49900 10-in. 1/31/1929 My Scandinavian gal The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-51105 10-in. 3/29/1929 Sleepy valley Eddie Dowling Male vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-51115 10-in. 4/2/1929 Rainbow man Eddie Dowling Male vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-51680 10-in. 5/2/1929 Wake up! Chillun, wake up The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-51687 12-in. 5/6/1929 Gems from Follow thru Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-51970 12-in. 5/3/1929 Gems from Hold everything Victor Light Opera Company Mixed vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-53064 10-in. 4/28/1931 Hosanna The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-53065 10-in. 4/28/1931 The king's horses (And the king's men) The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-53423 10-in. 5/21/1929 Ploddin' along The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-53493 10-in. 7/5/1929 A hunting scene Rosario Bourdon ; Victor Band Band, with male vocal quartet and whistling vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-53548 10-in. 6/6/1929 Drinking song Dennis King Male vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-56743 12-in. 10/3/1929 My buddy Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal trio and whistling vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-56986 10-in. 11/2/1929 Victor march Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Symphony Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal quartet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-57552 10-in. 11/22/1929 Waiting at the end of the road The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-57553 10-in. 11/22/1929 Kentucky babe The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-57569 10-in. 12/2/1929 Love, your spell is everywhere The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-57570 10-in. 12/2/1929 Little cotton dolly The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-57596 10-in. 12/11/1929 March of the grenadiers Jeanette MacDonald Female vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 51-75 of 188 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Melton, James," accessed March 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105137.

Melton, James. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105137.

"Melton, James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 March 2021.

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

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