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Published on Feb 4, 2009
"You Are My Sunshine" performed by... Norman Blake born Mar 10 1938 in Chattanooga, TN. Acoustic guitar flatpicker, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. In his over 50 year career Blake has played with a number of folk, country and bluegrass groups.
Oliver Hood never thought of copyrighting his music - never until "You Are My Sunshine" rose to the top of the charts in 1940. It was then that Oliver Hood began copyrighting his music - one song too late. In 1957 he wrote and copyrighted "Somebody Stole My Sunshine Away," about the theft of "You Are My Sunshine." . Somewhere the sun is shining, But there's rain in my heart today. There's no denying My heart keeps crying - Somebody stole my shunshine away.
Paul Rice claimed to have composed it in 1937. A lot of people remembered hearing the song long before 1937- in the mid 1930's. Paul Rice played in the early 1930's with Oliver Hood of LaGrange, GA. Oliver Hood wrote "You Are My Sunshine." He wrote the words to the song on the back of a brown paper sack, which his children still possess, and he first performed the song at a VFW convention in LaGrange in 1933.
Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell are the credited songwriters of "You Are My Sunshine". Davis bought the song and rights from Paul Rice for $35 and put his own name on it in 1940. Two versions of "You Are My Sunshine" were recorded and released prior to Jimmie Davis's. The first was recorded on Aug 22, 1939 by The Pine Ridge Boys, from Atlanta.The second was recorded on Sept 13, 1939 by The Rice Brothers Gang.