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 November 5th, 2000 (Baton Rouge)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1972
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, lyricist, songwriter, guitar, yodeling, arranger, speaker
Recordings (Results 251-275 of 702 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||DLA 379||10-in.||6/1/1936||Mama's getting hot and Papa's getting cold||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 380||10-in.||6/1/1936||When it's peach pickin' in Georgia||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 381||10-in.||6/1/1936||Come on over to my house (Ain't nobody home but me)-1||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1551||10-in.||11/6/1938||It makes no difference now||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1552||10-in.||11/6/1938||The curse of an aching heart||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1553||10-in.||11/6/1938||You tell me your dream, I'll tell you mine-1||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1554||10-in.||11/6/1938||Don't break her heart boy||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 2985||10-in.||5/15/1942||I've got my heart on my sleeve||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 2986||10-in.||5/15/1942||Don't you cry over me||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 2987||10-in.||5/15/1942||Live and let live||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 2988||10-in.||5/15/1942||All because you said goodbye||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3362||10-in.||3/23/1944||There's a chill on the hill tonight||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3363||10-in.||3/23/1944||Is it too late now?||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3364||10-in.||3/23/1944||There's a new moon over my shoulder||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3365||10-in.||3/23/1944||Grievin' my heart out for you||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3366||10-in.||3/24/1944||Love, please don't let me down||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3367||10-in.||3/24/1944||No good for nothin'||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3368||10-in.||3/24/1944||I'm hurt too much to cry||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3369||10-in.||3/24/1944||I'm sorry if that's the way you feel||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3370||10-in.||3/24/1944||I'm happy I can ride the open range||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3371||10-in.||3/24/1944||Time alone will tell||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 4092||2/18/1946||I'm only in the way||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 4093||2/18/1946||Just thinking of you||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 4094||2/18/1946||The beginning of the end||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 4095||2/18/1946||Bang bang||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Jimmie," accessed January 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055.
Davis, Jimmie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055.
"Davis, Jimmie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 January 2021.
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