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MELOTO

The Meloto Co. Ltd, London.

The label emerged in 1922 and lasted till about 1927. The company was making piano riolls from just after World War 1 right up to the late 1930s. In the five years of its operation, Meloto released some 600 records, beginning at catalog number S-100. Its stable came from the Aco label - not indication why, but probably because Meloto Co became a subsidiary of Vocalion, as Aco was.  There was also some releases that came from the Gennett catalog. Artists were released under pseudonyms, and the music of ‘pedestrian fare', with dance music containing very little of interest to the jazz enthusiast.  Catalog S-1100 to S-1600 were mainly American released, from Vocalion. Generally the matrix numbers are not shown, so it is difficult to trace the origin of the pressing and the true artist name. 

Records in collection:

V010 sc4 MELOTO The Meloto Co. Ltd, London.
S1785 (O5869).  KATHLEEN MAVOURNEEN  (Crouch)
Sung by Jesse McCarthy (tenor) with Orchestral Accompaniment.
S1785 (G672).  MOTHER MACHREE  (Bail)
Sung by P.Mahoney (tenor) with Orchestra Accompaniment.

O119 c4 MELOTO RECORD The Meloto Co. Ltd., London.
S-1805 (GA259).  THE BIRTH OF THE BLUES (Henderson). 
The Shaftesbury Dance Orchestra. Vocal chorus.
S-1805 (C351E).  HE'S THE LAST WORD (Kahn, Donaldson).  Ibid.