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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 76-100 of 702 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-023191 10-in. 5/17/1938 By the grave of nobody's darling Montana Slim Male vocal solo, with guitar and steel guitar composer  
Victor BS-028729 10-in. 10/27/1938 It makes no difference now Tom Dickey Show Boys String band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-030371 10-in. 12/8/1938 It makes no difference now Montana Slim Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Victor BS-035758 10-in. 4/17/1939 Answer to "It makes no difference now" Wilf Carter Male vocal solo, with guitar and steel guitar songwriter  
Victor BS-037083 10-in. 7/18/1939 Two more years (And I'll be free) Elton Britt Male vocal solo, with violin, guitar, and string bass songwriter  
Victor BS-048461 10-in. 3/27/1940 I'll get mine bye-and-bye Montana Slim Male vocal solo, with harmonica and guitar songwriter  
Victor BS-048650 10-in. 4/4/1940 You are my sunshine Montana Slim Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and whistling songwriter  
Victor BS-053419 10-in. 9/4/1940 You are my sunshine Wayne King Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal trio songwriter  
Victor BS-059287 10-in. 3/5/1941 Worried mind Wayne King Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor BS-063085 10-in. 4/10/1941 Sweethearts or strangers Bill Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers String band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-063097 10-in. 4/11/1941 You don't love me any more Charles Mitchell Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-071163 10-in. 10/10/1941 I dreamed of an old love affair Charles Mitchell Orchestra String band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-072053 10-in. 1/22/1942 I hung my head and cried John "Dusty" King ; Range Busters Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet songwriter  
Victor BS-073624 10-in. 3/19/1942 I hung my head and cried Elton Britt Male vocal solo, with string band songwriter  
Columbia W143412 10-in. 2/19/1927 That haunting waltz Cole McElroy's Spanish Ball Room Band ; Jimmie Davis Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W144721 10-in. 9/30/1927 Up in the clouds Cole McElroy's Spanish Ball Room Band ; Jimmie Davis Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W144722 10-in. 9/30/1927 Romance Isle Cole McElroy's Spanish Ball Room Band ; Jimmie Davis Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W144724 10-in. 9/30/1927 Lonely nights in Hawaii Cole McElroy's Spanish Ball Room Band ; Jimmie Davis Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W146457 10-in. 6/19/1928 Hiding in the corner of your smile Cole McElroy's Spanish Ball Room Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W147558 10-in. 12/4/1928 Nobody's business Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with yodeling and guitar vocalist, yodeling  
Columbia W147559 10-in. 12/4/1928 Out of town blues Jimmie Davis Male vocal solo, with yodeling and guitar vocalist, yodeling  
Columbia W151962 10-in. 10/27/1931 Arkansas sweetheart Herb Cook Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Edison 9782 10-in. 10/10/1924 It makes no difference now Brownies [Wilbur Sweatman] Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Decca 60822 10-in. 3/19/1936 The answer to nobody's darling Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 60823 10-in. 3/19/1936 In my cabin tonight Jimmie Davis vocalist  
(Results 76-100 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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