LA100 Interview: Dr. Laddie Melton (LA100Abbott_Side1)
Side 1 and 2: Interview with Dr. Laddie Melton of the Osceola 5 on 1983-05-27. Abstract for Melton: [00:00–30:23] Dr. Laddie Melton discusses the roots of the Osceola Five in 1920s New Orleans, how the group was conceived by Lord Beaconsfield Landry, and how much Melton enjoyed regular rehearsals of the group that included dinners. Melton talks about the Osceola Five's varied repertoire, how Landry used unique musical arrangements, and the talents of the members – 3:35. Melton discusses where the group performed, especially churches and including out-of-town gigs – 7:20. Melton talks about his time as a student and singer at Straight College in New Orleans before he went on to Howard University – 9:55. Melton discusses how he and other Southern Black men found summer jobs as waiters, porters or red caps at various hotels and restaurants up North, and mentions his employment at a hotel in the mountains of upstate New York – 14:25. Melton mentions the birthplaces and employment backgrounds of the group members, and he discusses how early Black gospel groups formed as a way to find fellowship, pride and unity in the face of segregation – 22:35. Melton and Abbott discuss singer Alma Hubbard – 28:00. [00:00 - 09:00] LA100Abbott_Side2 continues with Melton and Lynn Abbott continuing their discussion about the various aspects of the Osceola Five's career, including how the group generally didn't make commercial recordings, and how it generally didn't take part in any gospel quartet contests or broadcasting sessions. Melton describes the group's stage presentation and presence – 5:35.