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 76-100 of 188 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-57597 10-in. 12/11/1929 Dream lover Jeanette MacDonald Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-57971 10-in. 1/2/1930 Chant of the jungle The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-58506 10-in. 1/20/1930 Blue is the night James Melton ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-58536 10-in. 1/30/1930 A cottage for sale The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-58622 10-in. 1/24/1930 There's danger in your eyes, chérie! James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-58623 10-in. 1/24/1930 A year from today James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-58640 10-in. 1/31/1930 Strike up the band! Victor Arden-Phil Ohman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-58651 10-in. 2/7/1930 The hills of home James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-58652 10-in. 2/7/1930 The old refrain James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-58664 12-in. 2/18/1930 Gems from The love parade Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-58665 12-in. 2/18/1930 Gems from Sunny side up Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-58670 10-in. 2/24/1930 When mother wields the shingle Wilfred Glenn Male vocal solo, with male vocal trio and instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-58694 12-in. 3/12/1930 Selections from You're in love Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with piano, female vocal solo, and male vocal quartet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-58699 12-in. 3/14/1930 Selections from Katinka Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with vocal chorus vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-58700 12-in. 3/14/1930 Gems from High jinks Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with vocal chorus vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-59647 10-in. 3/21/1930 Woman in the shoe The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-59659 10-in. 3/31/1930 The snowball men The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-59660 10-in. 3/31/1930 Strike up the band! The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-59689 10-in. 4/10/1930 Singing a vagabond song The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-59701 12-in. 3/14/1930 Selections from The firefly Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Orchestra, with vocal chorus vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-59710 12-in. 3/18/1930 Selections from The vagabond king Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-59711 12-in. 3/18/1930 Selections from Rose-Marie Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-62076 12-in. 5/5/1930 Hymns of praise, no. 1 Trinity Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with pipe organ vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-62077 12-in. 5/5/1930 Hymns of praise, no. 2 Trinity Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with pipe organ vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-62078 12-in. 5/5/1930 Gospel hymns, songs no. 3 Trinity Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with pipe organ vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 76-100 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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