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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 401-425 of 449 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 13554 5/24/1965 Santa Claus is comin' to town Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13555 5/24/1965 Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13556 5/24/1965 Winter wonderland Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13561 5/25/1965 The story of Bobby Lee Trent Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13562 5/25/1965 The little drummer boy Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13577 5/26/1965 Frangipani Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13578 5/26/1965 Christmas is a birthday Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13583 5/27/1965 Girl sittin' up in a tree Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13584 5/27/1965 Salt water guitar Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13585 5/27/1965 Christmas child (loo, loo, loo) Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13592 5/28/1965 White Christmas Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13593 5/28/1965 Christmas can't be far away Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13594 5/28/1965 I heard the bells on Christmas Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13595 5/28/1965 Silver bells Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13890 1/17/1966 Medicine man Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13891 1/17/1966 Here she comes (There she goes) Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13892 1/17/1966 The sixties Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13893 1/18/1966 baby is gone Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13894 1/18/1966 Somebody is watching over me Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13895 1/18/1966 Mean, mean man Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13896 1/19/1966 Back to Nashville, Tennessee Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13897 1/19/1966 Don't forget your paddle-O Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13898 1/20/1966 Girlie magazine Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13899 1/20/1966 Once upon a time Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca NA 13902 1/21/1966 My favorite dream Burl Ives vocalist  
(Results 401-425 of 449 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ives, Burl," accessed July 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

Ives, Burl. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

"Ives, Burl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 July 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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