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You Are My Sunshine 6th in 1939

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Copyright date
January 30, 1940
Language
English
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The real author of this song will probably stay unknown forever. There are at least four theories about it:
1) Paul Rice wrote it in 1937, inspired by a letter from a fan, and sold his rights to Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell in 1940. Some time later, Mitchell sold his share to Davis. This story is the most trustworthy.
2) Jimmie Davis wrote it in the early twenties. This version is unprovable.
3) An unknown lady singer from South Carolina wrote the song and offered it to the Pine Ridge Boys. Another unconfirmed story, but at least it would explain why they were the first to record it.
4) According to Prof. Toru Mitsui (Kanazawa University), the song was written in 1933 by Oliver Hood. Although the source is very authoritative, also this theory cannot be proven for certain.

When it was copyrighted in 1940 it was attributed to Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell. Currently, only Davis is registered as the composer and author of the song.
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You Are My Sunshine The Blue Diamonds [NL] (The Blue Diamonds) April 15, 1963 Unverified
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You Are My Sunshine New Orleans Delight Featuring Lee Gunness & Norbert Susemihl (New Orleans Delight) 2005 Unverified
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You Are My Sunshine Leah Andreone August 19, 2008 Unverified
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You Are My Sunshine Etta Cameron & Nikolaj Hess (Etta Cameron, Nikolaj Hess) 2009 Unverified
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You Are My Sunshine Music Travel Love November 12, 2019 Unverified
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You Are My Sunshine Holland [1] 2020 Unverified
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May 29, 2012 First release

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