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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 126-150 of 702 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 61872 10-in. 2/19/1937 Honky tonk blues Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 62688 10-in. 10/17/1937 Nobody's darling but mine Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 62689 10-in. 10/17/1937 One, two, three, four Jimmie Davis vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 62690 10-in. 10/17/1937 Have you ever been to heaven Jimmie Davis vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 62691 10-in. 10/17/1937 The greatest mistake in my life Jimmie Davis vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 62992 10-in. 12/9/1937 Please be good to me Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 62993 10-in. 12/9/1937 By the grave of nobody's darling Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 62994 10-in. 12/9/1937 Shackles and chains Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 62995 10-in. 12/9/1937 Call me back pal o' mine Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 62996 10-in. 12/9/1937 Just a girl that men forget Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 62997 10-in. 12/9/1937 All alone in this world Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 62998 10-in. 12/10/1937 I think I'll turn your damper down Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 62999 10-in. 12/10/1937 Goodbye old booze Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 63000 10-in. 12/10/1937 My Mama told me Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 63001 10-in. 12/10/1937 You're as welcome as the flowers in May Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 63002 10-in. 12/10/1937 I saw your face in the moon Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 63005 10-in. 12/10/1937 I love everything you do Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 63006 10-in. 12/10/1937 Hard hearted Mama Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 63102 10-in. 12/16/1937 There's a gold mine in the sky Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 64562 10-in. 9/21/1938 Nobody's lonesome for me Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 64563 10-in. 9/21/1938 Meet me tonight in dreamland Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 64564 10-in. 9/21/1938 There's a ranch in the Rockies Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 64565 10-in. 9/22/1938 I'm waiting for ships that never come in Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 64569 10-in. 9/22/1938 Headin' home Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 64570 10-in. 9/22/1938 Farewell to the range Jimmie Davis vocalist  
(Results 126-150 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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