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 151-175 of 188 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W147716 10-in. 12/18/1928 Macushla James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W147717 10-in. 12/18/1928 Because James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W147736 10-in. 12/28/1928 Sleepy Valley James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W147737 10-in. 12/28/1928 Dawn James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W147795 10-in. 1/16/1929 The song I love James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W147796 10-in. 1/16/1929 My Tonia James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W148168 10-in. 4/3/1929 Little pal James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W148169 10-in. 4/3/1929 Why can't you James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W148634 10-in. 5/27/1929 With a song in my heart James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W148635 10-in. 5/27/1929 Pagan love song James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W148829 10-in. 7/19/1929 At close of day James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W148830 10-in. 7/19/1929 Love is a dreamer James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W148831 10-in. 7/19/1929 Ich liebe dich James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W149040 10-in. 9/24/1929 I'm only making believe James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W149041 10-in. 9/24/1929 Dance away the night James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W149042 10-in. 9/24/1929 I'll still go on wanting you James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W149406 10-in. 11/11/1929 Chant of the jungle James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W149407 10-in. 11/11/1929 A bundle of old love letters James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W149445 10-in. 11/19/1929 Love (Your spell is everywhere) James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W149446 10-in. 11/19/1929 The shepherd's serenade James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W149609 10-in. 12/20/1929 'Tis midnight, and on Olive's brow James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W149610 10-in. 12/20/1929 Calvary James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W149614 10-in. 12/23/1929 Were you just pretending? James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W149615 10-in. 12/23/1929 Sally James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W149695 10-in. 12/6/1929 There will never be another Mary James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 151-175 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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