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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 (Results 126-150 of 715 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 61815 10-in. 2/17/1937 Just forgive and forget Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61816 10-in. 2/17/1937 Pal of long ago Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61817 10-in. 2/17/1937 If I ever cry you'll never know Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61818 10-in. 2/17/1937 Sweetheart of West Texas Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61819 10-in. 2/17/1937 Ten tiny toes Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61829 10-in. 2/17/1937 I wonder where you are Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61830 10-in. 2/17/1937 In the west where life is free Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61831 10-in. 2/17/1937 YOu'll be comin' back some day Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61832 10-in. 2/17/1937 Hard hearted Mama Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61833 10-in. 2/17/1937 Jimmie's travelin' blues Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61834 10-in. 2/18/1937 I wonder who's kissing her now Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61835 10-in. 2/18/1937 Pi rootin' around Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 61871 10-in. 2/19/1937 High geared Daddy Jimmie Davis vocalist  
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  
(Results 126-150 of 715 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Jimmie," accessed July 1, 2022,

Davis, Jimmie. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 1, 2022, from

"Davis, Jimmie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 1 July 2022.

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