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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 351-375 of 449 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 12826 2/7/1964 Snow for Johnny Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12827 2/7/1964 Can angels fly over the Rockies? Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12828 2/7/1964 The legend of the T Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12829 2/8/1964 Kentucky turkey buzzard Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12830 2/8/1964 The funny little show Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12831 2/8/1964 Hard luck and misery Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12990 7/6/1964 Pearly shells Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12991 7/6/1964 What little tears are made of? Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12992 7/6/1964 Short on love Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12993 7/7/1964 Who done it? Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12994 7/7/1964 Two of the usual Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12995 7/7/1964 Tell me Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12996 7/7/1964 Among my souvenirs Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12997 7/8/1964 Gater Hollow Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12998 7/8/1964 I ain't missing nobody Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 12999 7/8/1964 Catfish Bill Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13000 7/8/1964 Time to bum again Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13001 7/8/1964 Born for trouble Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13002 7/8/1964 Unemployment check Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13003 7/9/1964 The Atlantic coastal line Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13004 7/9/1964 Don't let love die Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13005 7/9/1964 How deep is the ocean Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13006 7/10/1964 Okeechobee ocean Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13007 7/10/1964 My melancholy baby Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13008 7/10/1964 Jealous Burl Ives vocalist  
(Results 351-375 of 449 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ives, Burl," accessed July 23, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

Ives, Burl. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

"Ives, Burl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 23 July 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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