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 276-300 of 702 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||L 4096||2/19/1946||In the pines||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 4097||2/19/1946||I'm gonna write myself a letter||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 4098||2/19/1946||Tired of crying over you-1||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 4099||2/19/1946||There's a new love in my heart||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 4104||2/25/1946||Atlanta, Ga.||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 4105||2/25/1946||Wave to me, my lady||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 4547||11/11/1947||You are my sweetheart||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 4548||11/11/1947||Golden curls||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 4549||11/11/1947||My heart belongs to you||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||L 4550||11/11/1947||Take care of my heart||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2374||3/31/1951||When they ring those golden bells||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2375||3/31/1951||By and by-1||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2376||3/31/1951||Take Thy hand, precious Lord-1||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2377||3/31/1951||That sweet story of old-1||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2438||8/3/1951||Cherokee boogie||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2439||8/3/1951||I wish I'd never seen sunshine||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2440||8/3/1951||Mansion over the hilltop-1||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2441||8/3/1951||Down by the riverside-1||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2442||8/3/1951||Someone to care||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2443||8/3/1951||I won't have to cross Jordan alone||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2513||10/14/1951||Bayou pon pon||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2514||10/14/1951||Sixteen miles from Dallas||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2515||10/14/1951||Forever's a long, long time||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2516||10/14/1951||I ain't gonna give nobody none o' this jelly roll||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 2633||2/5/1952||Thirty pieces of silver||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Jimmie," accessed January 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055.
Davis, Jimmie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055.
"Davis, Jimmie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 January 2021.
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