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|
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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