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 176-188 of 188 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W149696 10-in. 12/6/1929 The sacred flame James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W151553 10-in. 5/15/1931 Now you're in my arms James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia W151554 10-in. 5/15/1931 Beautiful love James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick B15441 10-in. approximately 1935 Your eyes have told me so James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick B15442 10-in. approximately 1935 A little love, a little kiss James Melton Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick B16963 10-in. 3/4/1935 A dream James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick B16964 10-in. 3/4/1935 Then you'll remember me James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 61485 10-in. 12/16/1936 A little house that love built James Melton vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 61486 10-in. 12/16/1936 Summer night James Melton vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 61487 10-in. 12/16/1936 Your eyes have told me so James Melton vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 61554 10-in. 1/27/1937 Love, here is my heart James Melton vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 62137 10-in. 4/20/1937 September in the rain James Melton vocalist, tenor vocal  
Decca 62138 10-in. 4/20/1937 Melody for two James Melton vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 176-188 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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