Jimmy Davis 1964 

 

James Houston Davis, (September 11, 1899 – November 5, 2000), better known as Jimmie Davis, was a noted Singer of both sacred and popular songs who served two nonconsecutive terms as the 47th Governor of Louisiana (1944–1948 and 1960–1964). Davis became a commercially successful singer of rural music before he entered politics. His early work was in the style of early Country Music luminary Jimmy Rodgers, and he was also known for recording energetic and raunchy blues tunes like "Red Nightgown Blues." During his first run for governor, opponents reprinted the lyrics of some of these songs in order to undermine Davis's campaign. In one case, anti-Davis forces played some of the records over an outdoor sound system only to give up after the crowds started dancing, ignoring the double-entendre lyrics. Davis until the end of his life never denied, or repudiated those records.

He is associated with several popular songs, most notably "You Are My Sunshine." which was designated an official state song of Louisiana in 1977. He claimed that he wrote the song while attending graduate school at LSU.

 

In 1999, "You Are My Sunshine" was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and the Recording Industry Association of America named it one of the Songs of the Century. "You Are My Sunshine" was ranked #73 on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music in 2003. Until his death, Davis insisted that he wrote the song. In any case, it will forever be associated with him.

Davis became the popular "singing governor" who often performed music during his campaign stops. While governor, he had a No. 1 hit single in 1945 with "There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder."

A number of his songs were used as part of motion picture soundtracks, and Davis himself appeared in half a dozen films.

Political career
First term as governor (1944–1948)
Second term (1960-1964)