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 151-175 of 714 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
|Decca||64571||10-in.||9/22/1938||I'm drifting back to dreamland||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||65140||10-in.||3/5/1939||I've tried so hard to forget you||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||65141||10-in.||3/5/1939||What good will it do||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||65142||10-in.||3/5/1939||The same old moon is shining||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||65143||10-in.||3/5/1939||I'm wondering now||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||65144||10-in.||3/5/1939||Dream of love||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||65145||10-in.||3/5/1939||If tomorrow never comes||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||65152||10-in.||3/5/1939||When you know you're not forgotten by the girl you can't forget||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||65153||10-in.||3/5/1939||Some must win-some lose||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||65154||10-in.||3/5/1939||Down at the end of Memory Lane||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||65155||10-in.||3/5/1939||In my heart you'll always be mine||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||66367||10-in.||9/2/1939||The last letter||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
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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