You Are My Sunshine: 1937-1948

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The second volume of Bear Family's retrospective on Jimmie Davis's recorded output carries listeners from 1937 through 1948, across five CDs. By this time, Davis had developed a smooth, quietly elegant yet stripped down sound, not too different from that of his slightly younger contemporary Gene Autry, with a virtuoso band behind him. Many of Davis' romantic ballads have a certain hint of jauntiness about them that prevents them from ever seeming overly sentimental. He intersperses them with the occasional jaunty country blues like "Hard Hearted Mama," and it's that balance -- the bouncing between the risqué, honky tonk style numbers, the romantic ballads, the Western trail ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The second volume of Bear Family's retrospective on Jimmie Davis's recorded output carries listeners from 1937 through 1948, across five CDs. By this time, Davis had developed a smooth, quietly elegant yet stripped down sound, not too different from that of his slightly younger contemporary Gene Autry, with a virtuoso band behind him. Many of Davis' romantic ballads have a certain hint of jauntiness about them that prevents them from ever seeming overly sentimental. He intersperses them with the occasional jaunty country blues like "Hard Hearted Mama," and it's that balance -- the bouncing between the risqué, honky tonk style numbers, the romantic ballads, the Western trail ballads, and the gospel-themed numbers -- that make Davis' music early in this set very easy to take en masse. As time went by, however, he tended to emphasize the ballads more, partly out of the feeling that a man holding public office, as he did at different times from 1938 onward, shouldn't sing about certain subjects. Discs three and four show Davis becoming downright sophisticated by country standards, his intonation far more subtle and his backing group evoking Hollywood as well as the South, and freely incorporating elements of swing and popular music. And then, suddenly, in 1942, the blues returns, albeit dressed up a little, in the guise of "Columbus Stockade Blues" and "Walkin' My Blues Away," surrounding a fast-paced "Plant Some Flowers by My Grave." And disc five ties up loose ends between the two sets, closing out this phase of Davis' career with the recordings that he did with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra during the late '40s, which work astonishingly well, but also featuring his hard blues and stripped-down country from the early '30s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/1998
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051621629
  • Catalog Number: 16216

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All Alone in This World (2:32)
  2. 2 Goodbye Old Booze (2:57)
  3. 3 You're as Welcome as the Flowers in May (3:04)
  4. 4 I Saw Your Face in the Moon (3:09)
  5. 5 I Love Everything You Do (3:14)
  6. 6 Hard Hearted Mama Blues (2:23)
  7. 7 There's a Gold Mine in the Sky (3:06)
  8. 8 Nobody's Lonesome for Me (3:07)
  9. 9 Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland (2:54)
  10. 10 There's a Ranch in the Rockies (3:07)
  11. 11 Headin' Home (2:45)
  12. 12 Farewell to the Range (2:41)
  13. 13 I'm Drifting Back to Dreamland (3:17)
  14. 14 Memories (2:38)
  15. 15 I'm Waiting for Ships That Never Come In (2:50)
  16. 16 It Makes No Difference Now (3:03)
  17. 17 The Curse of an Aching Heart (3:16)
  18. 18 You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine (2:55)
  19. 19 Don't Break Her Heart Boy (3:12)
  20. 20 I've Tried So Hard to Forget You (2:38)
  21. 21 What Good Will It Do (2:31)
  22. 22 The Same Old Moon Is Shining (2:47)
  23. 23 I'm Wondering Now (2:56)
  24. 24 Dream of Love (3:07)
  25. 25 If Tomorrow Never Comes (2:41)
  26. 26 When You Know You're Not Forgotten by the Girl You Can't Forget (2:48)
  27. 27 Some Must Win-Some Lose (2:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Down at the End of Memory Lane (2:39)
  2. 2 In My Heeart You'll Always Be Mine (2:52)
  3. 3 The Last Letter (2:56)
  4. 4 Born to Be Blue (3:04)
  5. 5 Never Break a Promise (2:37)
  6. 6 What Else Can I Do (2:49)
  7. 7 Why Should I Care (2:44)
  8. 8 It's Hard But It's True (2:51)
  9. 9 The Last Trip of the Old Ship (2:41)
  10. 10 Why Do You Treat Me Like the Dirt Under Your Feet (2:48)
  11. 11 Walls of White (2:57)
  12. 12 I'm Still a Fool over You (2:48)
  13. 13 My Blue Heaven (2:39)
  14. 14 Two More Years (And I'll Be Free) (2:29)
  15. 15 Leanin' on the Old Top Rail (3:08)
  16. 16 You Are My Sunshine (2:49)
  17. 17 Your Promise Was Broken (2:53)
  18. 18 I'd Love to Call You My Sweetheart (2:30)
  19. 19 Old Timer (2:54)
  20. 20 Baby Your Mother (Like She Babied You) (2:28)
  21. 21 Roll Along, Kentucky Moon (2:37)
  22. 22 There's a Chill on the Hill Tonight (2:55)
  23. 23 Write a Letter to Your Mother (2:42)
  24. 24 My Mother's Bible (2:50)
  25. 25 Why Should I Be to Blame (2:50)
  26. 26 I Feel the Same as You (2:50)
  27. 27 You're My Darling (2:29)
Disc 3
  1. 1 On the Sunny Side of the Rockies (2:46)
  2. 2 The Love I Have for You (2:39)
  3. 3 Sweethearts or Strangers (2:40)
  4. 4 Some Other Man (2:45)
  5. 5 I'm Sorry Now (3:04)
  6. 6 The Prisoner's Song (3:06)
  7. 7 My Mary (2:46)
  8. 8 There's an Old Fashioned House on a Hillside (2:39)
  9. 9 Too Late (2:42)
  10. 10 I; M Knocking at Your Door Again (2:30)
  11. 11 What More Can I Say? (2:41)
  12. 12 I Told You So (2:59)
  13. 13 I Hung My Head and Cried (3:08)
  14. 14 I'll Be True to the One I Love (2:33)
  15. 15 Just Because (Of You Little Girl) (2:43)
  16. 16 You're Breaking My Heart ('Cause You Don't Care) (2:41)
  17. 17 I Loved You Once (2:29)
  18. 18 Pay Me No Mind (2:35)
  19. 19 Won't You Forgive Me (3:00)
  20. 20 I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes (3:06)
  21. 21 You Told Me a Lie (2:45)
  22. 22 The End of the World (2:42)
  23. 23 You'll Be Sorry (2:44)
  24. 24 Sweetheart of the Valley (2:43)
  25. 25 I'm the One (2:43)
  26. 26 Tears on My Pillow (2:39)
  27. 27 I Wish I Had a Sweetheart 9like That Old Sweetheart of Mine) (2:40)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I Dreamed of an Old Love Affair (2:38)
  2. 2 I've Got My Heart on My Sleeve (2:46)
  3. 3 Don't You Cry over Me (2:37)
  4. 4 Live and Let Live (2:57)
  5. 5 All Because You Said Goodbye (2:25)
  6. 6 What's the Matter with You Darling (2:40)
  7. 7 A Sinner's Prayer (2:40)
  8. 8 Where Is My Boy Tonight? (2:57)
  9. 9 Columbus Stockade Blues (2:44)
  10. 10 Plante Some Flowers by My Grave (2:30)
  11. 11 Walkin' My Blues Away (2:30)
  12. 12 What Happened (2:27)
  13. 13 I Never Say Goodbye (2:39)
  14. 14 There's a Chill on the Hill Tonight (2:54)
  15. 15 Is It Too Late Now? (2:19)
  16. 16 There's a New Moon over My Shoulder (2:25)
  17. 17 Grievin' My Heart out for You (2:56)
  18. 18 I'm Happy I Can Ride the Open Range (2:22)
  19. 19 Time Alone Will Tell (2:19)
  20. 20 Love Please Don't Let Me Down (2:45)
  21. 21 No Good for Nothin' (2:22)
  22. 22 I'm Hurt Too Much to Cry (2:22)
  23. 23 I'm Sorry If That's the Way You Feel (2:25)
  24. 24 When It's Harvest Time (Sweet Angeline) (2:53)
  25. 25 When You Were a Boy on My Knee (2:37)
  26. 26 I'm Only in the Way (3:05)
  27. 27 Just Thinking of You (2:30)
  28. 28 The Beginning of the End (2:35)
  29. 29 Bang Bang (2:52)
  30. 30 In the Pines (2:33)
Disc 5
  1. 1 I'm Gonna Write Myself a Letter (2:22)
  2. 2 Tired of Crying Over You (2:40)
  3. 3 There's a New Love in My Heart Tonight (2:31)
  4. 4 Atlanta, Georgia (2:50)
  5. 5 Wave to Me My Lady (2:35)
  6. 6 A Woman's Blues (3:29)
  7. 7 Down at the Old Country Church (2:58)
  8. 8 When a Boy from The Mountains (Weds a Girl from the Valley) (2:59)
  9. 9 Don't Say Goodbye If You Love Me (2:59)
  10. 10 My Blue Bonnet Girl (2:59)
  11. 11 Ridin' Down the Arizona Trail (2:57)
  12. 12 Mama's Getting Hot and Papa's Getting Cold (2:54)
  13. 13 All Alone in This World (2:30)
  14. 14 Nobody's Lonesome for Me (3:06)
  15. 15 Nobody's Lonesome for Me (3:07)
  16. 16 The Same Old Moon Is Shining (2:47)
  17. 17 Born to Be Blue (3:00)
  18. 18 My Blue Heaven (2:41)
  19. 19 Old Timer (2:46)
  20. 20 There's a Chill on the Hill Tonight (2:59)
  21. 21 Why Should I Be to Blame (2:52)
  22. 22 I'm Knocking at Your Door Again (2:44)
  23. 23 What More Can I Say? (2:45)
  24. 24 I Hung My Head and Cried (3:12)
  25. 25 I'll Be True to the One I Love (2:34)
  26. 26 Just Because (Of You Little Girl) (2:40)
  27. 27 Live and Let Live (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmie Davis Primary Artist, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Moon Mullican Piano
Ruth White Bass, Vocals
Buddy Jones Guitar, Harmonica, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jimmy Wakely Bass
Johnny Bond Guitar, Leader
Ed "Snoozer" Quinn Guitar
Curly Fox Fiddle
Perry Botkin Guitar, Leader
Jack Davis Steel Guitar
Bill Graham Trumpet
Buster B. Jones Steel Guitar
Lani McIntire Guitar
Charles Mitchell Steel Guitar
Bob Nichols Steel Guitar
Dick Roberts Steel Guitar
Frank Signorelli Piano
Ocie Stockard Banjo
Derwood Brown Guitar
Wanna Coffman Bass
Al Mack Piano
Bill Harper Fiddle
Lloyd Perryman Bass
Bob Shelton Ukulele
Joe Shelton Mandolin
Oscar Woods Guitar
Ed Davis Guitar
Tony Gottuso Guitar
Arthur Shapiro Bass
Haig Stephens Bass
Rudy Sooter Guitar, Leader
Leon Chappelear Guitar
Al McIntire Bass
Johnny Borowski Fiddle
Wilson "Lefty" Perkins Steel Guitar
Herschel Woodall Bass
Don Anderson Trumpet
Ruby Blevins Fiddle, yodeling
Jim Hewlett Trumpet
Don Linder Trumpet
Jack Barnes Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Lawrence Welk Contributor
Colin Escott Illustrations
Dave Kapp Producer
Steve Lasker Mastering
Charles Mitchell Contributor
Tony Russell Liner Notes, Illustrations, Biographical Information, Song Notes
Jack Yellen Composer
Les Leverett Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Producer, Reissue Producer
Ingo Steinbach Mastering
Nadine Wuppesahl Artwork
Kevin Coffey Illustrations
Packy Smith Illustrations
Andrew Brown Illustrations
Abe Olman Composer
Al Piantadosi Composer
Dolly Morse Composer
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