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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 26-50 of 449 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 73272 1/8/1946 Venezuela Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73273 1/8/1946 Wake Nicodemus Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73876 4/22/1947 It makes no difference now Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 73877 4/22/1947 I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 74654 12/16/1948 Lavender blue Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers ; Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 74655 12/16/1948 Billy boy Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers ; Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82381 3/3/1952 Killigrew's soiree Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82382 3/3/1952 Hush little baby ; Tibby Dunbar Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82383 3/3/1952 Hear the nightingale sing Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82384 3/3/1952 The golden vanity Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82385 3/3/1952 Git along little dogies/From here on up, the hill don't get any higher Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82386 3/3/1952 Old Bangham Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82438 3/11/1952 I know an old lady Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82439 3/11/1952 I wonder as I wander Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82440 3/11/1952 The seven joys of Mary, part 1 Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82441 3/11/1952 The seven joys of Mary, part 2 Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82446 3/12/1952 Way down yonder in the Paw Paw patch Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82447 3/12/1952 Shoo fly Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82448 3/12/1952 Blue tail fly Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82460 3/13/1952 What child is this? Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 82461 3/13/1952 There were three ships Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 82462 3/13/1952 King Herod and the cock Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 82463 3/13/1952 Down in yon forest Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 82468 3/13/1952 The friendly beasts Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 82477 3/14/1952 Goober peas Burl Ives vocalist  
(Results 26-50 of 449 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ives, Burl," accessed June 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

Ives, Burl. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

"Ives, Burl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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