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Jimmie Davis

James Houston Davis (September 11, 1899 – November 5, 2000) was an American singer, songwriter, and politician. After achieving fame for releasing both sacred and popular songs, Davis served as governor of Louisiana from 1944 to 1948 and again from 1960 to 1964. As Governor, Davis was an opponent of efforts to desegregate Louisiana.

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 11, 1899 (Quitman), Died November 5, 2000 (Baton Rouge)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1972

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

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Recordings (Results 726-731 of 731 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca C 9506 10-in. 9/24/1934 It's been years Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca C 9507 10-in. 9/24/1934 Beautiful Mary Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca C 9508 10-in. 9/24/1934 My brown eyed Texas Rose Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca C 9509 10-in. 9/24/1934 Moonlight and skies No.2 Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca C 9510 10-in. 9/24/1934 Jelly roll blues Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca C 9511 10-in. 9/24/1934 Graveyard blues Jimmie Davis vocalist  
(Results 726-731 of 731 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Jimmie," accessed April 15, 2024,

Davis, Jimmie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 15, 2024, from

"Davis, Jimmie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 15 April 2024.

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