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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 301-325 of 449 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 12014 4/5/1962 Sunshine in my soul Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12015 4/5/1962 Blessed assurance Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12016 4/5/1962 Leaning on the everlasting arm Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12017 4/5/1962 Where He leads me Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12018 4/5/1962 Will there be any stars Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12019 4/5/1962 When they ring those golden bells Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12089 5/26/1962 The same old hurt Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12090 5/26/1962 Wishin' she was here (instead of me) Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12091 5/26/1962 Busted Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12092 5/26/1962 Poor boy in a rich man's town Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12093 5/26/1962 Mary Ann regrets Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12094 5/26/1962 Billy bayou Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12095 5/29/1962 The moon is high Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12096 5/29/1962 Green turtle Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12097 5/29/1962 Bury the bottle with me Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12098 5/29/1962 The blizzard Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12228 11/20/1962 It comes and goes Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12229 11/20/1962 I'm the boss Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12230 11/20/1962 The same old hurt Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12231 11/21/1962 Curry road Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12232 11/21/1962 The deepening snow Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12233 11/21/1962 She didn't let the ink dry on the paper Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12277 12/13/1962 The late movie Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12278 12/13/1962 Home, James Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12279 12/13/1962 Man about town Burl Ives vocalist  
(Results 301-325 of 449 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ives, Burl," accessed June 14, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

Ives, Burl. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

"Ives, Burl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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