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|
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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