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 201-225 of 702 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||69998||10-in.||12/4/1941||I'm the one||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||69999||10-in.||12/4/1941||Tears on my pillow||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||70000||10-in.||12/4/1941||I wish I had a sweetheart||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||70001||10-in.||12/4/1941||Just a rollin' stone||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||70002||10-in.||12/4/1941||I dreamed of an old love affair||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||71215||10-in.||7/27/1942||What's the matter with you, darling?||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||71216||10-in.||7/27/1942||A sinner's prayer||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||71217||10-in.||7/27/1942||Where is my boy tonight?||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||71218||10-in.||7/27/1942||Columbus stockade blues||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||71219||10-in.||7/27/1942||Plant some flowers by my grave||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||71220||10-in.||7/27/1942||Walkin' my blues away||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||71225||10-in.||7/27/1942||What happened||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||71226||10-in.||7/27/1942||I'll never say goodbye||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||73650||7/29/1946||You are my sunshine||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||73651||7/29/1946||My Mary||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||73652||7/29/1946||Let's be sweethearts again||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||73653||7/29/1946||I've learned my lesson||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||73964||6/19/1947||You won't be satisfied that way||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||73965||6/19/1947||What's the use of taking you||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||73966||6/19/1947||I just dropped in to say goodbye||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||73967||6/19/1947||I lost again||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||73968||6/19/1947||I'm hating myself||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||C 90213||10-in.||8/11/1935||I wish I had never seen sunshine||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||C 90214||10-in.||8/11/1935||Bed bug blues||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
|Decca||C 90215||10-in.||8/12/1935||Deep Mississippi blues||Jimmie Davis||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Jimmie," accessed November 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055.
Davis, Jimmie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055.
"Davis, Jimmie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 November 2020.
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