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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 376-400 of 449 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 13009 7/10/1964 My gal Sal Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13162 11/3/1964 By the light of the silvery moon Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13163 11/3/1964 For me and my gal Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13164 11/3/1964 Red sails in the sunset Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13165 11/3/1964 Make believe Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13166 11/3/1964 Oh how I miss you tonight Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13167 11/3/1964 You know you belong to somebody else Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13168 11/4/1964 Down in the Okefenokee Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13169 11/4/1964 (I hear you) Call my name Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13170 11/4/1964 Mr. Make up man Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13171 11/4/1964 River boy Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13277 2/9/1965 Drifting and dreaming Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13278 2/9/1965 Beyond the reef Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13279 2/9/1965 My isle of golden dreams Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13280 2/10/1965 Now is the hour Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13281 2/10/1965 Sweet Leilani Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13282 2/10/1965 The moon of Manakoora Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13283 2/10/1965 Song of the islands Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13284 2/11/1965 Keep your eyes on the hands Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13285 2/11/1965 Hawaiian bells Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13286 2/11/1965 Little brown gal Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13287 2/11/1965 On the beach at Waikiki Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13288 2/12/1965 Aloha Oe Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13289 2/12/1965 Thirty thousand feet over Denver Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13290 2/12/1965 Betsy the cow Burl Ives vocalist  
(Results 376-400 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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