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Jimmie Davis

James Houston Davis (September 11, 1899 – November 5, 2000) was an American politician and a singer and songwriter of both sacred and popular songs. Davis was elected for two nonconsecutive terms from 1944 to 1948 and from 1960 to 1964 as the governor of his native Louisiana. He ran both campaigns as a controversial advocate for impoverished and rural white Louisianians.

Davis was a nationally popular country music and gospel singer from the 1930s into the 1960s, occasionally recording and performing as late as the early 1990s. He appeared as himself in a number of Hollywood movies. He was inducted into six halls of fame, including the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. At the time of his death in 2000, he was the oldest living former governor as well as the last living governor to have been born in the 19th century.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 11th, 1899 (Quitman), Died Baton Rouge

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1972

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, lyricist, songwriter, guitar, yodeling, arranger, speaker

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 702 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-55545 10-in. 9/19/1929 The barroom message Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with steel guitar vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-55546 10-in. 9/19/1929 Baby's lullaby Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with steel guitar vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-55547 10-in. 9/19/1929 Out of town blues Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with steel guitar vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-55548 10-in. 9/19/1929 Home town blues Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with steel guitar vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-59056 10-in. 11/3/1932 You can't tell about the women nowadays Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-59057 10-in. 11/3/1932 The shotgun wedding Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-59058 10-in. 11/3/1932 Hold 'er, Newt Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-59059 10-in. 11/3/1932 Yo yo mama Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-59060 10-in. 11/3/1932 Tom cat and pussy blues Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-59061 10-in. 11/3/1932 Organ-grinder blues Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-59062 10-in. 11/3/1932 Rockin' blues Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-59063 10-in. 11/3/1932 Wampus kitty mama Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-59064 10-in. 11/4/1932 Bury me in old Kentucky Jimmie Davis ; Patsy Montana [i.e., Rubye Blevins] Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio and yodeling vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-59065 10-in. 11/4/1932 Jealous lover Jimmie Davis ; Patsy Montana [i.e., Rubye Blevins] Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble and yodeling vocalist, arranger  
Victor BS-59066 10-in. 11/4/1932 Gambler's return Jimmie Davis ; Patsy Montana [i.e., Rubye Blevins] Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble and yodeling vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-59067 10-in. 11/4/1932 Home in Caroline Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio and yodeling vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-59940 10-in. 5/19/1930 Settling down for life Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-59941 10-in. 5/19/1930 My Dixie sweetheart Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with yodeling and 2 guitars vocalist, composer, yodeling  
Victor BVE-59942 10-in. 5/19/1930 You're the picture of your mother Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with yodeling and 2 guitars vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BVE-59949 10-in. 5/20/1930 Doggone that train Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BVE-59950 10-in. 5/20/1930 My Louisiana girl Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BVE-59951 10-in. 5/20/1930 Cowboy's home sweet home Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, arranger  
Victor BVE-59952 10-in. 5/20/1930 She's a hum dum dinger Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-64752 10-in. 11/29/1930 Before you say farewell Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-64753 10-in. 11/29/1930 Where the old Red River flows Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 702 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Jimmie," accessed October 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055.

Davis, Jimmie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055.

"Davis, Jimmie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055

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