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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 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  
(Results 176-200 of 714 records)

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055

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