Gov. Jimmie Davis honored for his contributions on Northeast Louisiana Music Trail

Former two term, Louisiana Governor and Quitman native, Jimmie Davis was honored on Saturday with a marker placed in front of the Jimmie Davis Memorial Auditorium designating the site as being on the Northeast Louisiana Music Trail.

Thanks to volunteers from the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jonesboro-Hodge High School football team and board members of the Jackson Parish Museum and Fine Arts Association, a gala fest that included a tribute concert in Davis’s honor was enjoyed by the many who attended the event.

Davis was a nationally known and extremely popular country and gospel singer beginning in the the 1930s and running through the 1960s, occasionally recording and performing as late as the early 1990s. His 1940 hit single, “You Are My Sunshine,” is one of Davis’ biggest-selling records and has enjoyed continual success since.

While running for governor, Davis would often perform during his campaign stops. After being elected in 1944, he became known as the “singing governor.” While governor, he had a No. 1 hit single in 1945 with “There’s a New Moon Over My Shoulder.”

In 1977, the Louisiana State Legislature decreed “You Are My Sunshine” the state song in honor of Davis. and in 1999 Davis was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award, and the Recording Industry Association of America named his trademark hit as one of the Songs of the Century.

Before his death in 2000 at the age of 101, Davis 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.

Davis is the latest act to be inducted into the Northeast Louisiana Music Trail. The trail, which runs from Shreveport to Ferriday with stops in between honors legendary talent with commemorative markers in their hometowns throughout north Louisiana.

Jimmie Davis
“Singing Governor” of Louisiana 1944-48 and 1960-64

Thank You to all Volunteers!

Barbara Johnson and Wilda Smith of Jackson Parish Museum displays Davis memorabilia

Tribute Concert performed by Monty Russell, Chris Canterbury and Jackson Parish native Hank Staples

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