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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 101-125 of 448 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 87822 April 1955 Sad man's song (Fare Thee well, o honey) Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 87825 April 1955 When I was single Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 87826 April 1955 The prisoner's song Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 87844 April 1955 The Western settler Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 87870 5/3/1955 Be sure you're right Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 87871 5/3/1955 Old Betsy Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88248 6/21/1955 The drunken sailor ; Leave her Johnny, leave her Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88249 6/21/1955 Highland Laddie Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88250 6/21/1955 Haul away, Joe Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88294 6/27/1955 O you New York girls Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88295 6/27/1955 Blow ye winds Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88296 6/27/1955 Rolling home Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88297 6/27/1955 Away Rio Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88310 7/5/1955 Jack was every inch a sailor Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88311 7/5/1955 Santy Anna Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88312 7/5/1955 Go down you red, red roses Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88313 7/5/1955 Ben back stay Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88345 7/5/1955 Stormalong Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88477 8/8/1955 The sailor's grave Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88478 8/8/1955 Wrap me up in my Tarpaulin jacket Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88866 11/4/1955 The tenor doodle-doo Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88867 11/4/1955 Angus McFergus Mac Tavish Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 88868 11/4/1955 Pete planet Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 89409 2/21/1956 Moby Dick Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 89462 3/2/1956 Ben back stay Burl Ives vocalist  
(Results 101-125 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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