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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 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 64572 10-in. 9/22/1938 Memories 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  
(Results 151-175 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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