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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 251-275 of 449 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 3020 3/24/1953 I left my gal in the mountain Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 3025 3/25/1953 Great white bird Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 3026 3/25/1953 Brighten the corner Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 3039 4/27/1953 Liza Jane Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 3040 4/27/1953 Nellie McNess Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 3041 3/27/1965 [Unknown title(s)] Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11448 2/15/1961 A little bitty tear Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11449 2/15/1961 The long black veil Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11450 2/16/1961 Shanghied Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11451 2/16/1961 The almighty Dollar Bill Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11452 2/16/1961 Forty-hour week Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11453 2/17/1961 Royal telephone Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11454 2/17/1961 Delia Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11455 2/17/1961 Oh, my side Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11456 2/17/1961 Lenora, let your hair hang down Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11457 2/18/1961 Mockin' bird hill Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11458 2/18/1961 I walk the line Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11459 2/18/1961 Drink to me only with Thine eyes Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11460 2/18/1961 Mama don't want no peas an' rice Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11475 3/22/1961 Empty saddles Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11476 3/22/1961 The Oregon Trail Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11477 3/22/1961 Home on the range Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11478 3/22/1961 When the bloom is on the sage Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11479 3/22/1961 My adobe hacienda Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 11480 3/22/1961 Cowboy's dream Burl Ives vocalist  
(Results 251-275 of 449 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ives, Burl," accessed June 20, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

Ives, Burl. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 20, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

"Ives, Burl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 20 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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