The singing governor, part 3
April 22, 2022
As we saw last week, Jimmie Davis was pursuing a musical career when he was first elected to political office in the late 1930s.
By the time he became the governor of Louisiana in 1944 he had released several songs that had appeared on the various Billboard magazine music charts. He apparently wrote or co-wrote several of those songs himself.
The word “apparently” is appropriate because it was then commonplace for someone to buy a song composed by another and take credit for being the songwriter.
If the song generated any royalties, that money went to the person who had purchased the...