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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 326-350 of 449 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 12280 12/14/1962 She called me baby Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12281 12/14/1962 My chicken ran 'way to the bush Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12282 12/14/1962 Baby come home to me Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12283 12/14/1962 Roses and orchids Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12511 5/22/1963 Lynching party Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12512 5/22/1963 A hundred and twenty-miles from nowhere Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12513 5/22/1963 Two car garage Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12514 5/22/1963 I found my best friend in the dog pound Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12515 5/22/1963 I'll hit it with a stick Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12516 5/22/1963 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12517 5/22/1963 Some folks Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12518 5/22/1963 I'll walk away smiling Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12519 5/23/1963 There goes another pal of mine Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12520 5/23/1963 This is your day Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12521 5/23/1963 This is all I ask Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12816 2/4/1964 Lower forty Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12817 2/4/1964 Four initials on a tree Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12818 2/4/1964 Someone hangin' 'round you all the time Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12819 2/5/1964 Beautiful Annabel Lee Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12820 2/5/1964 A holly jolly Christmas Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12821 2/5/1964 Hobo jungle Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12822 2/5/1964 Strong as a mountain Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12823 2/5/1964 Can't you hear me? Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12824 2/5/1964 Cherry blossom song Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12825 2/5/1964 What I want (I can never have) Burl Ives vocalist  
(Results 326-350 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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