Mostly associated with governor Jimmie Davis and even credited to him. Fact is Charles Mitchell, steel guitar player with Jimmie Davis, asked Paul Rice to sell his rights. Estimated figures vary from $17.50 to $500. Rice, always in debt, accepted.
Pine Ridge Boys [recorded three weeks earlier]
Tex Ritter [in film Take Me Back To Old Oklahoma]
Jimmie Davis [C&W star turned governor of Louisiana twice ('44-'48 and '60-'64), using You Are My Sunshine as his campaign song]
Gene Autry [n°1 C&W]
Roberto Delgado [alias Horst Wende]
Ray Charles [n°1 R&B]
Norman Blake [in film O Brother, Where Art Thou? during scenes with a campaigning politician just like Jimmie Davis]
Brian Wilson [on Smile]
Riders In The Sky [on Gene Autry tribute]
The Statler Brothers had a n°1 C&W in '78 with Do You Know You Are My Sunshine.