James Houston "Jimmie" Davis (September 11, 1899-November 5, 2000)


Jimmie Davis, who was born James Houston Davis on September 11, 1899 in Beech Springs, Louisiana, had successful careers in politics, country music, and Southern Gospel music. He served two terms as Governor of Louisiana, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and Southern Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame. He also served as President of the Gospel Music Association in 1967.

Davis started out as a country music singer in the 1930s, entered politics and was elected Governor for the first time in 1940. After his term as Governor, he returned to his Southern Gospel roots, recording many Southern Gospel albums over the next several decades. During the 1950s, he toured with the Plainsmen Quartet.

Davis was elected to his second term as Governor in 1960. His First wife, Alverna, passed away in 1967. In 1969 he married Anna Carter Gordon, an original member of the Chuck Wagon Gang. He stayed involved in Southern Gospel music until the 1980s.

He was a prolific songwriter and owned his own publishing company, Jimmie Davis Music.

Jimmie Davis passed away on November 5, 2000, at the age of 101.


GMA Hall Of Fame (1994)
SGMA Hall Of Fame (1997)

Solo Discography


1957 Hymn Time (Decca Records/DL8572): The Lord Has Been Good To Me; Cool Chilly Water; I'm Bound For That City; I'm Too Close To Heaven To Turn Around; I Cannot Find The Way Alone; Lest I Stray Away; Unclouded Day; I Will Not Be A Stranger; Every Hour And Every Day; Heaven's Hall Of Fame; I Need No Mansions Here; Led By The Master's Hand.

1959 Suppertime (Decca Records/DL8953): Suppertime; My God Is Real; I'd Rather Have Jesus; Long Long Journey; Oh Why Not Tonight; Where He Leads Me I Will Follow; When The Master Speaks; Battle Hymn Of The Republic; There Is A Fountain; When I Move To The Sky; Someday There'll Be No Tomorrow; What A Friend We Have In Jesus.

1960 No One Stands Alone (Vocalion Records/VL73676): My Lord Will Lead Me Home; Where No One Stands Alone; Someone To Care; I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone; When I Prayed Last Night?; When They Ring Those Golden Bells; I Know What He Meant; Do You Ever Think To Pray; Mansion Over The Hilltop; When We All Get Together Up There; Lord I'm Coming Home; Great Milky Way.

1961 Sweet Hour Of Prayer (Decca Records/DL74087): Saviour Take Me By The Hand; Sweet Hour Of Prayer; Church In The Wildwood; Known Only To Him; I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone; Love Lifted Me; I Want To See Jesus First Of All; Taller Than Trees; Where Could I Go But To The Lord; Lord Keep Your Hand On Me; Leaning On The Everlasting Arms; Standing On The Promises.

1962 Songs Of Faith (Decca Records/DL 4220): When The Saints Go Marching In; He'll Be There; Kneel At The Cross; I'm Working On A Building; Who At My Door Is Standing; The Home Coming Week; That Glad Reunion Day; Wasted Years; My Lord Will Lead Me Home; What Can I Offer; Nothing; Happiness Is Just A Prayer Away.

1962 How Great Thou Art (Decca Records/DL74322): Do Lord; When They Ring Those Golden Bells; How Long Has It Been; When He Reached Down His Hand For Me; Longing To Go; The Prettiest Flowers; Come A Little Closer To The Lord; My Little Boy Blue; Dear Jesus Abide With Me; Crown Of Thorns; A Beautiful Life; How Great Thou Art.

1963 Beyond The Shadows (Decca Records/DL74376): When The Morning Comes; Until Then; Take The Hand Of A Pilgrim; Just As I Am; Shelter From The Storms; My Visit To Heaven; I Am Resolved; Beyond The Shadows; I Would Not Be Denied; He Must Die; Where Will I Shelter My Sheep; When I Move To The Sky.

1963 Highway To Heaven (Decca RecordsDL74432): Highway To Heaven; Will You Be Saved; White Robes; Each Step You Take; Without Him; At The Cross; He's Holding My Hand; Softly And Tenderly; Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem; No Disappointments In Heaven; Where We'll Never Grow Old; Keep Walking.

1965 At The Crossing (Decca Records/DL74611): At The Crossing; You Can Have Him; Our Door To Heaven; Dwelling In Beulah Land; Born To Serve The Lord; By His Stripes Ye Were Healed; I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now; Ten Thousand Angels; Touch Of His Hand On Mine; Far Above The Starry Sky; Wait For An Answer; He's The Saviour Of The World.

1966 Gospel Hour (Decca Records/DL74819): Have You Heard The Angels; My Heart Can See; Time Has Made A Change; Sometimes A Mountain; No One; Come On In (And Make Yourself At Home); Take The Angels; It Was Not The Nails; He Takes A Beggar; Love Is The Reason; Land That Needs No Sun; Dear Son.

1968 Greatest Hits (Decca Records/DL74978): I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now; How Great Thou Art; One More Valley; Someone To Care; Wasted Years; Suppertime; When God Dips His Love In My Heart; Taller Than Trees; Who Am I; Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross; His Marvelous Grace.

1968 Amazing Grace (Vocalion Records/VL73863): I've Been Changed; Back In The Fold Again; These Hands Of Clay; Sundown; What Can He Do; Honey In The Rock; Sweet Mystery; Amazing Grace; The Wonderful Week; Jesus Wept.

1970 In My Father's House (Vocalion Records/VL73878): I'm Just As Rich As You; I'm Bound For The Kingdom; Secret Road; In My Father's House (Are Many Mansions); I Won't Have To Travel This Valley Alone; I'll Meet You In The Morning; Dear Lord Don't Let Go Of My Hand; Travel Me Home; I Got More Than My Share.

1970 Songs Of Consolation (Decca Records/DL75199): I've Been Born Again; The Story Of The Three Nails; He Is So Precious To Me; I Believe; Rivers; Sheltered In The Arms Of God; Shake The Nail Scarred Hands Of Jesus; I'd Hate To Be The Man Who Drove The Nails In Jesus' Hands; Today I'm Giving You Away; Day Without Prayer; Going Home.

1972 What A Happy Day (Decca Records/DL75331): Old Time Religion; Build My Mansion; Glory Mill In The Sky; The Eastern Gate; I Believe He'd Go To Calvary For Me; Lord Have You Forgotten Me; Oh What A Happy Day; Long Time Coming; Crumbs From The Table; The Night Before Easter; If That Isn't Love.

1972 Memories Coming Home (Decca Records/DL75387): Let's All Shine; If Heaven's A Dream; House At The End Of The Road; All Heaven Can Call Me By Name; Higher Ground; I Drank Of That New Wine; Jesus Is A Soul Saving Man; Blood Stains On The Mountain; Memories Coming Home; I Feel Like Traveling On; No One To Welcome Me Home.

1974 Lord Let Me Be There (Canaan Records/CAS9751): Lord Let Me Be There; This Is What Heaven Means To Me; Why Me Lord; Come Walk With Me; Tears Are A Language; Give Me A Heart Like Thine; Over The Next Hill We'll Be Home; One Day I Will; Precious Memories; It's Worth It All; Mama Always Loved The Roses; I'm Just Going Home.

1974 Christ Is My Sunshine (Canaan Records/CAS9760).

1975 Living By Faith (Canaan Records/CAS9773): Living By Faith; It'll Be Alright In The Morning; It's Gonna Rain; Treasures Untold; Heaven Came Down; Tears Will Never Stain The Streets Of That City; There Is No Mountain (That You Can't Climb); Oh What A Sunrise; Heaven Will Be Heaven; There's Room At The Cross; It's Enough For Me; On The Way Home.

1976 Live (Canaan Records/CAS9786).

1976 Put Jesus First (Canaan Records/CAS9804): Walk Through Paradise; I Don’t Want To Be Free; This Little Light Of Mine; Nearing A City; Take Me Home; Put Jesus First; Someone To Care; Don’t Weep For Me; The Saviour, The Sinner And The Fool; The Homecoming Song.

1977 Songs In The Spirit (Canaan Records/CAS9817): What Could I Do Without Jesus; Hold Tight To My Hand; When I See Him For The First Time; Without God I'd Have Nothing; God's Gonna Give Me A Mountain; My Cathedral Of Dreams; When I Lay My Burdens Down; The Great Milky Way; From Calvary To Heaven; To My Mansion In The Sky.

1978 Walking In The Sunshine (Canaan Records/CAS9839): Show Me The Way; Heaven's Sounding Sweeter; Walking In The Sunshine; He Wrote My Name In Blood; Even Winds Whisper His Name; Let Me Smell The Flowers; Here's Your Child Again; She Touched The Hem Of His Garment; When A Million Years Is All Over; Heaven's Avenue.

1979 Soul Train To Glory (Canaan Records/CAS9852).

1980 Immortal Songs (Canaan Records/CAS9866).

1981 Heaven’s National Anthem (Canaan Records/CAS9882): Walking On The Water; This Old Suitcase, This Old Hat And My Shoes; Taller Than Trees; I Want To Be There; Making Reservations (To Meet Jesus In The Sky); Heaven's National Anthem; Suppertime; The Last Few Miles (I've Traveled On My Knees); Two Glasses Of Buttermilk; The Three Nails.

1982 Favorites (Canaan Records/CAS9895): To My Mansion In The Sky; At The Crossing; Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown; The Three Nails; I'll Be Alright; Show Me The Way; Just A Closer Walk With Thee; Suppertime; When The Saints Go Marching In; You Are My Sunshine.

1983 This One’s For You (Canaan Records/CAS9907).

Songwriter's Résumé

(Partial List)

Come A Little Closer To The Lord
Crown Of Thorns
From The Altar Of Repentance
He Knows What I Need
He Must Die
I Know A Man Who Can
I Was There When It Happened
I Wouldn't Take Nothin' For My Journey Now
In The Beginning
In The Shelter Of His Arms
Long Long Journey
My Heart Can See
My Visit To Heaven
One By One
One More Valley
Sheltered In The Arms Of God
So Many Reasons
Someone To Care
Sweet Mystery
The Good Lord Walks With Me
The Great Homecoming
The Three Nails
The Wonderful Week
There's A Way To Cross Over
These Hands Of Clay
What Can I Offer
Will There Be Any Stars

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