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A Century of Sunshine: The Jimmie Davis Story (1998)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1998-12-11

Duration: 00:51:57

Subjects: Davis, Jimmie, 1899-2000 | Louisiana Governors | Politics | RIGHT TO WORK | Segregation | INTEGRATION | "You Are My Sunshine" | Country music | Gospel Music


  • Courtney, Bob Producer
  • Courtney, Bob Narrator
  • Weill, Gus Interviewee
  • Fontenot, Kevin Interviewee
  • Peel, Ollie Interviewee
  • Davis, Jimmie Interviewee
  • Reed, Ed Interviewee
  • Faser, Chris Interviewee
  • Morrison, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Brown, Sleepy Interviewee
  • Phillips, Hal Interviewee
  • Carleton, Mark Interviewee
  • McKeithen, John Interviewee
  • Parent, Wayne Interviewee
  • Spaht, Carlos Interviewee
  • Boggs, Lindy Interviewee
  • Edwards, Edwin Interviewee
  • Sovine, Roger Interviewee
  • Kennedy, Jerry Interviewee
  • Blanco, Kathleen Interviewee
  • Looney, Tom Interviewee
  • Malone, Bill Interviewee
  • Shehee, Virginia Interviewee
  • Page, Frank Interviewee
  • Jones, Ted Interviewee


A 1998 documentary chronicling the life and careers of Jimmie Davis, who served as the Governor of Louisiana from 1948-1952 and 1960-1964. This program covers: his early life; his careers in music, movies, and politics; the major issues of his two terms as Governor, including his veto of a Right to Work bill and his handling of segregation; and the legacy of his most famous song, “You Are My Sunshine.” Davis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Narrator: Bob Courtney