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Burl Ives

Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American singer and actor of stage, screen, radio and television.

Ives began as an itinerant singer and banjoist, and launched his own radio show, The Wayfaring Stranger, which popularized traditional folk songs. In 1942, he appeared in Irving Berlin's This Is the Army, and then became a major star of CBS radio. In the 1960s, he successfully crossed over into country music, recording hits such as "A Little Bitty Tear" and "Funny Way of Laughin'". A popular film actor through the late 1940s and '50s, Ives's best-known film roles included parts in So Dear to My Heart (1949) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), as well as Rufus Hannassey in The Big Country (1958), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Ives is often remembered for his voice-over work as Sam the Snowman, narrator of the classic 1964 Christmas television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which continues to air annually around Christmas.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 14th, 1909 (Hunt City), Died April 14th, 1995 (Anacortes)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1972

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, narrator

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 442 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 72278 10-in. 6/23/1944 Po' boy Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72279 10-in. 6/23/1944 The devil's nine questions Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72280 10-in. 6/23/1944 No wood fire ; Ten thousand miles Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72281 10-in. 6/23/1944 Turtle dove Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72282 10-in. 6/23/1944 I'm sad and I'm lonely Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72283 10-in. 6/23/1944 My good old man Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72284 10-in. 6/23/1944 Old Uncle Ned Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72752 10-in. 2/27/1945 Rodger Young Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72753 10-in. 2/27/1945 Foggy, foggy dew Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 72794 10-in. 3/23/1945 Blue tail fly ; I'm going down the road Juanita Hall ; Burl Ives ; Jack McCauley vocalist  
Decca 72795 10-in. 3/23/1945 Frankie and Johnny Burl Ives ; Alma Kaye vocalist  
Decca 72797 10-in. 3/23/1945 Big rock candy mountain Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 73091 10-in. 10/23/1945 Old Dan Tucker ; The Erie Canal Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73092 10-in. 10/23/1945 Lolly-Too-Dum Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73093 10-in. 10/23/1945 Dublin City De. DL-8246 ; Cockle shells De. DL-8247 Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73094 10-in. 10/23/1945 The fox Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73095 10-in. 10/25/1945 Aunt Rhody De. DL-8248 ; Saturday night De. DL-8247 Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73096 10-in. 10/25/1945 The Eddystone light ; Hullabaloo Belay Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73272 1/8/1946 Venezuela Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73273 1/8/1946 Wake Nicodemus Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73876 4/22/1947 It makes no difference now Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73877 4/22/1947 I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 74654 12/16/1948 Lavender blue Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 74655 12/16/1948 Billy boy Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82381 3/3/1952 Killigrew's soiree Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 442 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ives, Burl," accessed July 11, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

Ives, Burl. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 11, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

"Ives, Burl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 11 July 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836

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