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 576-600 of 702 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||NA 13817||12/2/1965||Will the circle be unbroken?||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 13818||12/3/1965||My alter||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 13819||12/3/1965||Rivers||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 13820||12/3/1965||Sometimes a mountain||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 13821||12/3/1965||A day without prayer||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14196||8/15/1966||My wasted past||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14197||8/15/1966||His marvelous grace||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14198||8/15/1966||Meet the Savior||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14199||8/15/1966||Death is only a dream||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14200||8/16/1966||He's always at home||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14201||8/16/1966||Inside His arms||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14202||8/16/1966||Down the sawdust trail||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14203||8/16/1966||His grace is sufficient for me||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14204||8/17/1966||Praise the Lord oh my soul||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14205||8/17/1966||When God dips His love in my soul||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14206||8/17/1966||Take me back to babyland||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14207||8/17/1966||Forgive me Santa||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14538||3/13/1967||In the garden||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14539||3/13/1967||Holding on to Jesus||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14540||3/13/1967||Rocking around the Christmas tree||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14541||3/13/1967||Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14546||3/14/1967||White Christmas||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14547||3/14/1967||No one but Jesus understands||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14548||3/14/1967||Going home for Christmas||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||NA 14549||3/14/1967||The priceless gift of Christmas||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Jimmie," accessed January 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055.
Davis, Jimmie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055.
"Davis, Jimmie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 January 2021.
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