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 201-225 of 716 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 68724 10-in. 2/21/1941 I'm sorry now Jimmie Davis instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca 68725 10-in. 2/21/1941 The prisoner's song Jimmie Davis instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca 68726 10-in. 2/21/1941 Mary Jimmie Davis instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca 68727 10-in. 2/21/1941 There's an old fashioned house on a hillside Jimmie Davis instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca 68728 10-in. 2/21/1941 Too late Jimmie Davis instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca 69752 10-in. 9/17/1941 You're breaking my heart Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 69753 10-in. 9/17/1941 I loved you once Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 69754 10-in. 9/17/1941 Pay me no mind Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 69755 10-in. 9/17/1941 Won't you forgive me Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 69984 10-in. 12/2/1941 I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 69985 10-in. 12/2/1941 You told me a lie Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 69986 10-in. 12/2/1941 The end of the world Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 69987 10-in. 12/2/1941 You'll be sorry Jimmie Davis vocalist  
Decca 69997 10-in. 12/4/1941 Sweetheart of the valley Jimmie Davis vocalist  
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  
(Results 201-225 of 716 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Davis, Jimmie," accessed June 6, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055.

Davis, Jimmie. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 6, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105055.

"Davis, Jimmie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 6 June 2023.

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