Operatic tenor James Melton performing at the Stephen Foster Memorial






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  • One reel to reel recording. Melton was born in Moultrie, Georgia, but raised in Citra and Ocala. After training in Atlanta, New York City, and Berlin, Melton began performing with several big bands (including a national tour with George Gershwin) as well as several national radio programs. In the late 1930s, he began performing in Hollywood films such as Ziegfield Follies, Melody for Two, and Stars Over Broadway. He debuted at the Metropolitan Opera House in December 1942 in Mozart's "Magic Flute." By the 1950s, he began recording albums of opera pieces and standards.

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