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Burl Ives

Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American singer and actor of stage, screen, radio and television.

Ives began as an itinerant singer and banjoist, and launched 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 then 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'". A popular film actor through the late 1940s and '50s, Ives's best-known film roles included parts in So Dear to My Heart (1949) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), as well as Rufus Hannassey in The Big Country (1958), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Ives is often remembered for his voice-over work as Sam the Snowman, narrator of the classic 1964 Christmas television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which continues to air annually around Christmas.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 14, 1909 (Hunt City), Died April 14, 1995 (Anacortes)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1972

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, narrator

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Recordings (Results 51-75 of 448 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 82479 3/14/1952 Wake, lady, wake Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 82483 3/14/1952 Jesous Ahatonia (The Indian Christmas carol) Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 82498 3/15/1952 The three jolly huntsmen Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 82505 3/15/1952 Riddle song Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 82506 3/15/1952 What kind of animal are you Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 82507 3/15/1952 The hen is in the haymon Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84477 5/11/1953 The wealthy old maid Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84478 5/11/1953 Devilish Mary Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84479 5/11/1953 The woman and the chivalrous shark Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84480 5/11/1953 My pretty little miss Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84489 5/12/1953 Sally my dear Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84490 5/12/1953 Molly Malone Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84491 5/12/1953 Let's go hunting Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84494 5/13/1953 There's plenty of fish in the ocean Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84495 5/13/1953 The old red barn Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84496 5/13/1953 The song of the swan Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84505 5/14/1953 The crawdad song Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84506 5/14/1953 Hound dog Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84525 5/15/1953 The bear on the ball Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84526 5/15/1953 Horace the horse Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84527 5/18/1953 The whistling rabbit Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84528 5/18/1953 Bongo Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84529 5/19/1953 Barbara Allen Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84530 5/19/1953 Let's go a-huntin' Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 84626 5/28/1953 Shoo fly/Way down yonder in the Paw Paw patch Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 51-75 of 448 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ives, Burl," accessed January 30, 2023,

Ives, Burl. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 30, 2023, from

"Ives, Burl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 January 2023.

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