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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 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 were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 101-125 of 714 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D9VB-1296 10-in. 4/14/1949 Shackles and chains Big Hole Bronco Busters ; Montana Slim Male vocal solo, with string band composer  
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  
Decca 60824 10-in. 3/19/1936 When a boy from the mountains Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 60825 10-in. 3/19/1936 Come on over to my house Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 60832 10-in. 3/19/1936 Don't say goodbye if you love me Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 60835 10-in. 3/21/1936 I wish I had never seen sunshine Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 60836 10-in. 3/21/1936 High geared Mama-1, 4 Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 60837 10-in. 3/21/1936 Bed bug blues-1,2 Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 60845 10-in. 3/21/1936 I ain't gonna let Satan turn me 'round Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 60846 10-in. 3/21/1936 'Twill be sweet when we meet-3 Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61811 10-in. 2/16/1937 That's why I'm nobody's darling Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61812 10-in. 2/16/1937 Do you ever think of me? Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61813 10-in. 2/16/1937 Prairie of love Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61814 10-in. 2/16/1937 Sweet Lorene Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61815 10-in. 2/17/1937 Just forgive and forget Jimmie Davis vocalist  
(Results 101-125 of 714 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Jimmie," accessed May 18, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055.

Davis, Jimmie. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 18, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055.

"Davis, Jimmie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 18 May 2022.

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

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