FOR CANADA DAY JULY 1, 2020, WE'RE VERY EXCITED THAT LINUS ONALIK, FROM NUNAVIK, WILL BE LEADING US IN "YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE" IN INUKTITUT AND ENGLISH, AS ARRANGED BY HIS TEACHER, SARAH RUSSELL. Sarah provided me with a short sample of the song to help me format it for our songbook - I've posted it above in the files. Sarah leads a group of enthusiastic uke players at Kuujjuaq's Jaanimmarik School. Here's an article that you'll enjoy reading about the group: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/kuujjuaqs-school-ukulele-club-tours-several-nunavik-communities/
"You Are My Sunshine" is a popular song first recorded in 1939. Jimmie Davis and the Charles Mitchell Orchestra recorded a version in 1939, and it has been declared one of the state songs of Louisiana because of its association with Davis, a country music singer and former governor of the state. Davis emphasized his association with the song when running for governor of Louisiana in 1944, singing it at all his campaign rallies, while riding on a horse named "Sunshine". The Davis version was added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress on March 21, 2013 for long-term preservation.
Two versions of "You Are My Sunshine" were recorded and released in 1939 prior to Jimmie Davis' version. The first was recorded for Bluebird Records on August 22, 1939 by The Pine Ridge Boys from Atlanta. The second was recorded for Decca Records on September 13, 1939 by The Rice Brothers Gang. Another version of this song was also used in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"