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 151-175 of 702 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
|Decca||66368||10-in.||9/2/1939||Born to be blue||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||66369||10-in.||9/2/1939||Never break a promise||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||66370||10-in.||9/2/1939||What else can I do||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||66371||10-in.||9/2/1939||Why should I care||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||66372||10-in.||9/2/1939||It's hard but it's true||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||66373||10-in.||9/2/1939||The last rip of the old ship||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||66374||10-in.||9/2/1939||Why do you treat me like the dirt under your feet||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||66375||10-in.||9/2/1939||walls of white||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||66376||10-in.||9/2/1939||I'm still a fool over you||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||66377||10-in.||9/2/1939||My blue heaven||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||66615||10-in.||9/19/1939||Two more years||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||66644||10-in.||9/22/1939||Leaning on the old top rail||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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