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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 76-100 of 448 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 85887 2/26/1954 Easter mornin' Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 85947 3/4/1954 Wooly boogie bee ; Hush little baby ; The boll weevil Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 85948 3/4/1954 Big rock candy mountain ; Aunt Rhody ; The fox Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 85989 3/9/1954 True love goes on and on Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 85990 3/9/1954 Casey Jones Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 85991 3/9/1954 Wait for me, darling Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 85992 3/9/1954 Brave man Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 86001 3/11/1954 Look at the little Kitty Kat Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 86055 3/19/1954 Bongo and his baboon drum Burl Ives vocalist, narrator  
Decca 86056 3/19/1954 Quack, quack, paddle, oh! Burl Ives vocalist, narrator  
Decca 86057 3/19/1954 Jolly Doctor Dollywell, part 1 Burl Ives vocalist, narrator  
Decca 86058 3/19/1954 Jolly Doctor Dollywell, part 2 Burl Ives vocalist, narrator  
Decca 87282 1/10/1955 The locktender's lament Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 87283 1/10/1955 The wild rover Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 87284 1/10/1955 Ox driver's song Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 87285 1/10/1955 The bold soldier Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 87286 1/10/1955 The deceiver Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 87287 1/10/1955 The young married man Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 87288 1/10/1955 The Harlem man Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 87321 1/13/1955 Goober peas Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 87322 1/13/1955 The ballad of Davy Crockett Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 87426 2/7/1955 John Henry Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 87427 2/7/1955 Frankie and Johnny Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 87736 April 1955 The sailor's return Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 87737 April 1955 Waltzing Matilda Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 76-100 of 448 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ives, Burl," accessed January 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

Ives, Burl. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204836.

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

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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