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 176-200 of 714 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
|Decca||67157||10-in.||2/5/1940||You are my sunshine||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||67158||10-in.||2/5/1940||Your promise was broken||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||67159||10-in.||2/5/1940||I'd love to call you my sweetheart||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||67160||10-in.||2/5/1940||Old timer||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||67161||10-in.||2/5/1940||Baby you mother||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||67162||10-in.||2/5/1940||Roll along, Kentucky moon||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||68097||10-in.||9/16/1940||You're my darling||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||68098||10-in.||9/16/1940||On the sunny side of the Rockies||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||68099||10-in.||9/16/1940||The love I have for you||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||68100||10-in.||9/16/1940||Sweethearts or strangers||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||68101||10-in.||9/16/1940||Some other man||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||68724||10-in.||2/21/1941||I'm sorry now||Jimmie Davis||vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||68725||10-in.||2/21/1941||The prisoner's song||Jimmie Davis||vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar|
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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