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 101-125 of 188 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-62217 10-in. 5/7/1930 Sing, you sinners The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-62310 10-in. 5/26/1930 Blue is the night James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-62311 10-in. 5/26/1930 I remember you from somewhere (Somewhere in my dreams) James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-63691 10-in. 10/2/1930 Sing something simple The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-64302 10-in. 10/7/1930 So beats my heart for you The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-64303 10-in. 10/7/1930 Happy feet The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-64358 12-in. 11/18/1930 Land of my own romance [from The enchantress] Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Mixed vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-64359 12-in. 11/18/1930 Selections from Eileen Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Orchestra Mixed vocal chorus and tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-64360 12-in. 11/18/1930 Selections from The rose of Algeria Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Mixed vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-64392 12-in. 12/5/1930 Selections from The only girl Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CVE-64393 12-in. 12/5/1930 Selections from Babette Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Group Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-64856 10-in. 1/19/1931 Lady, play your mandolin The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with banjo, guitar, and piano (takes 1-3); with mandolin and piano (takes 4 and 5) vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BVE-67419 10-in. 1/26/1931 Blue again The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-70203 10-in. 7/24/1931 When Yuba plays the rumba on his tuba The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-70204 10-in. 7/24/1931 Dancing in the dark The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-76299 10-in. 6/28/1933 A broken rosary James Melton Male vocal solo, with pipe organ vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-76300 10-in. 6/28/1933 In the little white church on the hill James Melton Male vocal solo, with pipe organ vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-95684 10-in. 10/31/1935 Where am I (Am I in heaven) James Melton ; Nathaniel Shilkret Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-95685 10-in. 10/31/1935 Carry me back to the lone prairie James Melton ; Nathaniel Shilkret Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CS-98357 12-in. 12/6/1935 M'apparì James Melton Re-recording : Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor CS-98358 12-in. 12/6/1935 Celeste Aida James Melton Re-recording : Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1927-09-19-03] 10-in. 9/19/1927 Macushla James Melton Tenor vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W141007 10-in. 9/29/1925 Forgiveness Francis Craig Orchestra ; James Melton Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W144966 10-in. 11/10/1927 Diane James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W144967 10-in. 11/10/1927 An old guitar and an old refrain James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 101-125 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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