“You Are My Sunshine” as performed by Wilf Carter

by Matt Jaffe

you-are-my-sunshine-200“You Are My Sunshine” is an example of country music’s large contribution to American music. This version shows off the song’s country roots. The tune was made popular by Jimmie Davis, who would later became governor of Lousiana. The song was written by a Paul Rice, but the songwriting was credited to the Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell, who purchased the song from Mr. Rice.

Wilf Carter, who performs this version, was a Canadian who often used the nickname of “Montana Slim.” Carter’s version evokes the deep melancholy in the song. The contrast between the cheery chorus (the most recognizable section), and the tone of the verses, make this version unique.

One curious part of this recording, the fluttery instrument that emerges during the first chorus, sounds like a direct reference point for a similar texture The Clash would employ on “Somebody Got Murdered,” several decades later.

About Matt Jaffe

Mill Valley, California legend MATT JAFFE is a singer/songwriter/guitarist who performs solo and with his band, MATT JAFFE & THE DISTRACTIONS. His first EP, "Blast Off" is out now. Check them out on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and on tour!

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