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 126-150 of 188 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W145247 10-in. 11/28/1927 The song is ended (But the melody lingers on) Columbians ; James Melton Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W145407 10-in. 12/14/1927 Among my souvenirs James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W145408 10-in. 12/14/1927 Dear, on a night like this James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W145487 10-in. 1/9/1928 My Ohio home Singing Sophomores Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W145532 10-in. 1/16/1928 My heart stood still James Melton Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W145583 10-in. 1/25/1928 Hollywood Rose Singing Sophomores Male vocal quartet, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W145706 10-in. 3/1/1928 When love comes stealing James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W145745 10-in. 3/9/1928 I can't do without you James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W145746 10-in. 3/9/1928 La rosita James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W145747 10-in. 3/9/1928 My heart is in the roses James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W145895 10-in. 3/31/1928 Ramona Ben Selvin and his Orchestra ; James Melton Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W145896 10-in. 3/31/1928 In my bouquet of memories Ben Selvin and his Orchestra ; James Melton Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W145994 10-in. 4/11/1928 Fleur de lis James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W146231 10-in. 5/4/1928 Do I hear you saying "I love you"? Fred Rich Hotel Astor Orchestra ; James Melton Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W146232 10-in. 5/4/1928 You took advantage of me Fred Rich Hotel Astor Orchestra ; James Melton Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W146410 10-in. 6/6/1928 The call of love James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W146411 10-in. 6/6/1928 Dear little mother of mine James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W146563 10-in. 6/20/1928 My angel James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W146588 10-in. 6/27/1928 Neapolitan nights James Melton Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W147132 10-in. 10/17/1928 I loved you then as I love you now James Melton Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W147133 10-in. 10/17/1928 Sally of my dreams James Melton Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W147404 10-in. 12/10/1928 Marcheta James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W147405 10-in. 12/10/1928 Roses of Picardy James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W147486 10-in. 11/23/1928 Ceasing to care James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W147487 10-in. 11/23/1928 Where is the song of songs for me? James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 126-150 of 188 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Melton, James," accessed February 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105137.

Melton, James. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105137.

"Melton, James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 February 2021.

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

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