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.
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 448 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||72279||10-in.||6/23/1944||The devil's nine questions||Burl Ives||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||72280||10-in.||6/23/1944||No wood fire ; Ten thousand miles||Burl Ives||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||72281||10-in.||6/23/1944||Turtle dove||Burl Ives||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|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||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|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||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||72753||10-in.||2/27/1945||Foggy, foggy dew||Burl Ives||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|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||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||73092||10-in.||10/23/1945||Lolly-Too-Dum||Burl Ives||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||73093||10-in.||10/23/1945||Dublin City De. DL-8246 ; Cockle shells De. DL-8247||Burl Ives||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||73094||10-in.||10/23/1945||The fox||Burl Ives||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||73095||10-in.||10/25/1945||Aunt Rhody De. DL-8248 ; Saturday night De. DL-8247||Burl Ives||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||73096||10-in.||10/25/1945||The Eddystone light ; Hullabaloo Belay||Burl Ives||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||73272||1/8/1946||Venezuela||Burl Ives||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ives, Burl," accessed September 25, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.
Ives, Burl. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 25, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.
"Ives, Burl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 25 September 2023.
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