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Auto museum to host talk about famed tenor



PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MUSEUM

Margo Melton Nutt with her father, opera singer James Melton.

TREMONT — James Melton, “America’s Favorite Tenor” from the 1920s through the ‘50s will be the subject of a talk at the Seal Cove Auto Museum on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 5:30 p.m.

Margo Melton Nutt will give a talk “The Tenor of His Time” about her father’s music and his love of automobiles. The program is free and open to the public.

Melton was perhaps the first multi-media performer, with a career that included concerts, recordings, movies, the Metropolitan Opera, radio and television.

Melton’s story is the story of an extraordinary time in American history from the Roaring Twenties, through the Great Depression, to World War II. It is also a rags-to-riches story of a young man who raised himself from obscure beginnings on a small southern farm rearing pigs and loading watermelons, to the height of fame on stage, screen and airwaves. Nutt tells this story from her own unique point of view, including her personal exploration of the motivations that shaped her father’s life.

In addition to his accomplishments as a singer, Melton was renowned as a collector of antique cars. He founded an antique automobile museum in Florida, which largely featured his own collection of rare Brass Era cars, cars built between 1900-1917.

One of the autos that was at his museum, a 1913 Peugeot which Melton described as “one of the finest cars in our collection,” now resides at the Seal Cove Auto Museum.

The 1913 Peugeot and over 50 other Brass Era automobiles will be on display for this lecture, in addition to period clothing from the collection of Norma Spurling. A reception with Nutt begins at 5:30 p.m., and her talk begins at 6 p.m.

Contact the museum at 244-9242 or [email protected]