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  • Sunshine by the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music

LPB’S Sunshine by the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music has won the National Educational Telecommunications Association’s Award as Best Production of a Performance.

Sunshine by the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music features Louisiana’s biggest music stars performing the popular song "You Are My Sunshine," originally recorded by the Pine Ridge Boys and later by country star and former Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis. See Harry Connick, Jr., and his band second-lining through the French Quarter, the Rebirth Brass Band marching through the Lafayette Cemetery No. 2, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews performing with his band on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar and country music star Tim McGraw leading fans in a spirited rendition of the song during his concert at the New Orleans Arena. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Lee Lewis performs at his house in Memphis, Blues legend Buddy Guy plays at his club in Chicago, and Cajun singer/songwriter Zachary Richard sings in French in Acadiana. Revel in a gospel version by the Zion Harmonizers at the St. James AME Church in New Orleans, Mickey Gilley at his theater in Branson, plus Irma Thomas and Buckwheat Zydeco add their spin on the song. Grammy winners Wynton and Branford Marsalis joined with their dad Ellis and brother Jason for a unique jazz version of the state song. Complete list of performers: Zion Harmonizers, Buddy Guy /Guitar, Vocals, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Marsalis Family (Ellis Marsalis /Piano, Branford Marsalis /Saxophone, Wynton Marsalis /Trumpet, Jason Marsalis /Drums), The McMains Choir, Marsha Ball, Paul Groves, Michael Doucet, Rocking Doopsie, Luther Kent, Allen Toussaint, Zachary Richard, Buckwheat Zydeco, Jerry Lee Lewis, Better Than Ezra, Mickey Gilley, Tim McGraw, Harry Connick, Jr.

Produced by LPB’s Ben Williams, Donald Ray Washington, Tika Laudun and Christina Melton. Sunshine by the Stars is being aired by PBS to stations around the country.


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When I was growing up in the late 60s, early 70s, my dad would sing this song to my sister and me while riding in an old pickup truck going to our grandparents’ farm in the country in Isabel, Washington Parish. My dad sang many songs and whistled while we rode out to the country. He instilled in me a love of all kinds of music, something that we in Louisiana are known for.

Posted by Melinda Galloway  on  11/22  at  04:13 PM

My 2-1/2-year old granddaughter has learned to sing this song, all on her own! My son has it on YouTube but I can’t find it.

Posted by Bob Schnittger  on  11/24  at  06:08 PM

Of all the happy moments in my life with my grandmother (Meme).  I will always remember her talkkng about Gov. Jimmy Davis and she always sung this to me when I was sad.  Will always smile and tear up when I hear this song.  Thank you my Meme…Miss you always…Your sha….

Posted by A Netterville  on  03/12  at  08:44 PM

My mom would sing it to my son when he was little.  He’d join in and they’d sing, even if it was just the chorus.  My mom is from Colombia, so it was fun with her bit of accent.  Happy memories will stay with me forever.  cool smile

Posted by Gin  on  08/13  at  07:43 PM
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