You Are My Sunshine

“You Are My Sunshine” was written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell in 1939.  However, it was common during the pre-WWII era to buy the rights to a song and put the buyer’s name on the song.  Davis actually bought “You Are My Sunshine” from Paul Rice and put his own name on it.

Davis is the former state governor of Louisiana and highlighted his connection with the song during his campaign. 

“You Are My Sunshine” is the official state song of Louisiana.

Covers include Bing Crosby, gene Autry, the Airport Boys, Tony Sheridan, Bob Dylan, Arethra Franklin and Johnny Cash.  Ray Charles’s version reached number 1 on the soul singles charts and number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  

“You Are My Sunshine” is a cross over song amongst many genres.  It is widely known as a country and jazz tune but has also been met with great success as a rock and roll number.

Davis’s version can be heard at:

Ray Charles’s version, which deviates greatly from the original, can be heard at”:

That year in America:

Amelia Earhart is officially declared dead

Billie Holoday recorded “Strange Fruit” which was the first anti-lynching song

Batman made first appearance in comic books

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum dedicated

Einstein wrote Pres. Roosevelt about developing the atomic bomb

America declared neutrality in WWII

Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time ever

Lauren Morrow, MT-BC

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