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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 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 26-50 of 702 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-64754 10-in. 11/29/1930 Penitentiary blues Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BVE-64755 10-in. 11/29/1930 Arabella blues Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-64756 10-in. 11/29/1930 In Arkansas Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, lyricist  
Victor BVE-64757 10-in. 11/29/1930 Lonely hobo Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-64758 10-in. 11/29/1930 I'll be happy today Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BVE-64759 10-in. 11/29/1930 A woman's blues Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-64760 10-in. 11/29/1930 Bear cat mama from Horner's Corners Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-64761 10-in. 11/29/1930 My Arkansas sweetheart Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, songwriter  
Victor ABRC-68854 10-in. 4/1/1931 Bear cat mama from Horner's Corners Jimmie Smith Male vocal solo, with steel guitar composer, lyricist  
Victor ABRC-68855 10-in. 4/1/1931 She's a hum dum dinger Jimmie Smith Male vocal solo, with steel guitar composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-69352 10-in. 5/26/1931 Hobo's warning Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-69353 10-in. 5/26/1931 Bury me in old Kentucky Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-69354 10-in. 5/26/1931 The gambler's return Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-69355 10-in. 5/26/1931 Wild and reckless hobo Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-69356 10-in. 5/26/1931 The Davis limited Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, speech, and train whistle effects vocalist, composer, lyricist, speaker  
Victor BVE-69357 10-in. 5/27/1931 She left a-runnin' like a sewing machine Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-69358 10-in. 5/27/1931 Down at the old country church Jimmie Davis Male vocal duet, with steel guitar and speech vocalist, composer, lyricist, speaker  
Victor BVE-69359 10-in. 5/27/1931 She's a hum-dum dinger (From Dingersville)—Part 2 Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and steel guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-69360 10-in. 5/27/1931 Market house blues Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and steel guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-69361 10-in. 5/27/1931 Get on board, Aunt Susan Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and steel guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-69362 10-in. 5/27/1931 Midnight blues Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and steel guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-69367 10-in. 5/28/1931 There's evil in ye children, gather 'round Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and steel guitar vocalist  
Victor BVE-69368 10-in. 5/28/1931 Pea pickin' papa Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-70651 10-in. 2/6/1932 I'll get mine bye and bye Jack Barnes ; Jimmie Davis ; Ruth White Mixed vocal trio, with bass, Hawaiian guitar, and Spanish guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-70652 10-in. 2/6/1932 Barn yard stomp Jimmie Davis Mixed vocal trio, with bass, Hawaiian guitar, and Spanish guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
(Results 26-50 of 702 records)

Citation

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

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

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

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

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