You Are My Sunshine: 1937-1948

You Are My Sunshine: 1937-1948

by Jimmie Davis


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You Are My Sunshine: 1937-1948

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/1998
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127162168
catalogNumber: 16216
Rank: 195721


Disc 1

  1. All Alone in This World
  2. Goodbye Old Booze
  3. You're as Welcome as the Flowers in May
  4. I Saw Your Face in the Moon
  5. I Love Everything You Do
  6. Hard Hearted Mama Blues
  7. There's a Gold Mine in the Sky
  8. Nobody's Lonesome for Me
  9. Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland
  10. There's a Ranch in the Rockies
  11. Headin' Home
  12. Farewell to the Range
  13. I'm Drifting Back to Dreamland
  14. Memories
  15. I'm Waiting for Ships That Never Come In
  16. It Makes No Difference Now
  17. The Curse of an Aching Heart
  18. You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine
  19. Don't Break Her Heart Boy
  20. I've Tried So Hard to Forget You
  21. What Good Will It Do
  22. The Same Old Moon Is Shining
  23. I'm Wondering Now
  24. Dream of Love
  25. If Tomorrow Never Comes
  26. When You Know You're Not Forgotten by the Girl You Can't Forget
  27. Some Must Win-Some Lose

Disc 2

  1. Down at the End of Memory Lane
  2. In My Heeart You'll Always Be Mine
  3. The Last Letter
  4. Born to Be Blue
  5. Never Break a Promise
  6. What Else Can I Do
  7. Why Should I Care
  8. It's Hard But It's True
  9. The Last Trip of the Old Ship
  10. Why Do You Treat Me Like the Dirt Under Your Feet
  11. Walls of White
  12. I'm Still a Fool over You
  13. My Blue Heaven
  14. Two More Years (And I'll Be Free)
  15. Leanin' on the Old Top Rail
  16. You Are My Sunshine
  17. Your Promise Was Broken
  18. I'd Love to Call You My Sweetheart
  19. Old Timer
  20. Baby Your Mother (Like She Babied You)
  21. Roll Along, Kentucky Moon
  22. There's a Chill on the Hill Tonight
  23. Write a Letter to Your Mother
  24. My Mother's Bible
  25. Why Should I Be to Blame
  26. I Feel the Same as You
  27. You're My Darling

Disc 3

  1. On the Sunny Side of the Rockies
  2. The Love I Have for You
  3. Sweethearts or Strangers
  4. Some Other Man
  5. I'm Sorry Now
  6. The Prisoner's Song
  7. My Mary
  8. There's an Old Fashioned House on a Hillside
  9. Too Late
  10. I; M Knocking at Your Door Again
  11. What More Can I Say?
  12. I Told You So
  13. I Hung My Head and Cried
  14. I'll Be True to the One I Love
  15. Just Because (Of You Little Girl)
  16. You're Breaking My Heart ('Cause You Don't Care)
  17. I Loved You Once
  18. Pay Me No Mind
  19. Won't You Forgive Me
  20. I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
  21. You Told Me a Lie
  22. The End of the World
  23. You'll Be Sorry
  24. Sweetheart of the Valley
  25. I'm the One
  26. Tears on My Pillow
  27. I Wish I Had a Sweetheart 9like That Old Sweetheart of Mine)

Disc 4

  1. I Dreamed of an Old Love Affair
  2. I've Got My Heart on My Sleeve
  3. Don't You Cry over Me
  4. Live and Let Live
  5. All Because You Said Goodbye
  6. What's the Matter with You Darling
  7. A Sinner's Prayer
  8. Where Is My Boy Tonight?
  9. Columbus Stockade Blues
  10. Plante Some Flowers by My Grave
  11. Walkin' My Blues Away
  12. What Happened
  13. I Never Say Goodbye
  14. There's a Chill on the Hill Tonight
  15. Is It Too Late Now?
  16. There's a New Moon over My Shoulder
  17. Grievin' My Heart out for You
  18. I'm Happy I Can Ride the Open Range
  19. Time Alone Will Tell
  20. Love Please Don't Let Me Down
  21. No Good for Nothin'
  22. I'm Hurt Too Much to Cry
  23. I'm Sorry If That's the Way You Feel
  24. When It's Harvest Time (Sweet Angeline)
  25. When You Were a Boy on My Knee
  26. I'm Only in the Way
  27. Just Thinking of You
  28. The Beginning of the End
  29. Bang Bang
  30. In the Pines

Disc 5

  1. I'm Gonna Write Myself a Letter
  2. Tired of Crying Over You
  3. There's a New Love in My Heart Tonight
  4. Atlanta, Georgia
  5. Wave to Me My Lady
  6. A Woman's Blues
  7. Down at the Old Country Church
  8. When a Boy from The Mountains (Weds a Girl from the Valley)
  9. Don't Say Goodbye If You Love Me
  10. My Blue Bonnet Girl
  11. Ridin' Down the Arizona Trail
  12. Mama's Getting Hot and Papa's Getting Cold
  13. All Alone in This World
  14. Nobody's Lonesome for Me
  15. Nobody's Lonesome for Me
  16. The Same Old Moon Is Shining
  17. Born to Be Blue
  18. My Blue Heaven
  19. Old Timer
  20. There's a Chill on the Hill Tonight
  21. Why Should I Be to Blame
  22. I'm Knocking at Your Door Again
  23. What More Can I Say?
  24. I Hung My Head and Cried
  25. I'll Be True to the One I Love
  26. Just Because (Of You Little Girl)
  27. Live and Let Live

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
John H. 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
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
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
Charles Mitchell   Contributor
Tony Russell   Liner Notes,Illustrations,Biographical Information,Song Notes
Jack Yellen   Composer
Leverett   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Producer,Reissue Producer
Nadine Wuppesahl   Artwork
Kevin Coffey   Illustrations
Packy Smith   Illustrations
Andrew Brown   Illustrations
Abe Olman   Composer
Piantadosi   Composer
Dolly Morse   Composer

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