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James Melton (I) (1904–1961)

James Melton was a popular singer, a Met lyric tenor, a recording artist for Victor and Columbia records and a producer and actor. He was raised in Citra, Florida, where he worked on a farm raising pigs and loading watermelons. He made his first public appearance as soloist in a local choir. A high school teacher noticed his talents and encouraged ... See full bio »

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The James Melton Show
The James Melton Show Himself - Host
Ziegfeld Follies
Ziegfeld Follies Alfredo ('La Traviata')
Screen Snapshots 5852: Hollywood Night at '21' Club
Melody for Two
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 1945 Ziegfeld Follies
Alfredo ('La Traviata')
 1937 Melody for Two
Tod Weaver
 1936 Sing Me a Love Song
Jerry Haines
 1935 Stars Over Broadway
Jan King
 1933 Hizzoner (Short)
 1933 The Last Dogie (Short)
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 1945 Ziegfeld Follies (performer: "Libiamo ne'lieti calici")
 1937 Melody for Two (performer: "September in the Rain", "Melody for Two", "Macushula" (uncredited))
 1936 Sing Me a Love Song ("The Little House That Love Built" (1936), uncredited) / (performer: "That's the Least You Can Do for the Lady" (1936), "Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie" (1933), "Your Eyes Have Told Me So" (1936), "The Little House That Love Built" (1936), "Summer Night" (1936) - uncredited)
 1935 Stars Over Broadway (performer: "At Your Service, Madame" (1935), "Where Am I? (Am I in Heaven?)" (1935), "Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie" (1933), "Celeste Aïda" (1871), "Brownstone Baby (I've Got the Blues for You)" (1935) - uncredited)
 1932 Sing a Song (Short) (performer: "Love's Old Sweet Song", "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny", "Home" - uncredited)
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 1960 This Is Your Life (TV Series)
- Billy Barty (1960) ... Himself
 1951-1957 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
- Episode #10.32 (1957) ... Himself
- Episode #4.25 (1951) ... Himself
- Episode #4.18 (1951) ... Himself
- Episode #4.17 (1951) ... Himself
 1950-1953 The Voice of Firestone (TV Series)
- Episode #4.46 (1953) ... Himself
- Episode #4.29 (1953) ... Himself
- Episode #3.14 (1951) ... Himself
- Episode #2.44 (1951) ... Himself
- Episode #2.18 (1950) ... Himself
 1952 Screen Snapshots 5852: Hollywood Night at '21' Club (Documentary short)
Himself - Celebration Guest
 1951 Texaco Star Theatre (TV Series)
Himself - Singer / Himself
- Episode #4.9 (1951) ... Himself - Singer
- Episode #3.38 (1951) ... Himself
 1951 The James Melton Show (TV Series)
Himself - Host
- Episode #1.5 (1951) ... Himself - Host
- Episode #1.4 (1951) ... Himself - Host
 1951 Operation Wonderland (Documentary short)
Himself (narrator) (voice)
 1932 Sing a Song (Short)

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His nightclub appearances during the 1950s were among the first made by an operatic performer in this era with many showrooms throughout the U.S. At one of these prominent venues, the Beverly Hills Country Club, Southgate, Kenticky--in the Cincinnati metropolitan area--he appeared frequently for one- or two-week engagements, ... See more »

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In addition to his accomplishments as a singer, Melton was renowned as a collector of antique cars. His pride was a 1900 Rockwell Hanson Cab, said to be the first automotive taxi used in New York. At a charity event in the 1940's, Melton raced his Rockwell against a horse and buggy...and lost. See more »

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