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Burl Ives

Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American musician and actor with a career that spanned more than six decades.

Ives began his career as an itinerant singer and guitarist, eventually launching 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 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'". Ives was also a popular film actor through the late 1940s and '50s. His film roles included parts in So Dear to My Heart (1948) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), as well as the role of Rufus Hannassey in The Big Country (1958), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Ives is often associated with the Christmas season. He did voice-over work as Sam the Snowman, narrator of the classic 1964 Christmas television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Ives also worked on the special's soundtrack, including the songs "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", both of which continue to chart annually on the Billboard holiday charts into the 2020s.

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

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1972

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, narrator

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 449 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gennett 15380 10-in. 7/23/1929 Behind the clouds Burl Ives Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist  
Decca 71967 4/10/1944 The lonesome train: Part 3 Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 71968 4/10/1944 The lonesome train: Part 6 Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 71969 4/10/1944 The lonesome train: Part 1 Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 71970 4/10/1944 The lonesome train: Part 2 Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 71971 4/10/1944 The lonesome train: Part 4 Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 71972 4/10/1944 The lonesome train: Part 5 Burl Ives vocalist  
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  
(Results 1-25 of 449 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ives, Burl," accessed April 15, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

Ives, Burl. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 15, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

"Ives, Burl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 15 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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