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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 126-150 of 449 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 89462 3/2/1956 Ben back stay Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 89536 4/8/1956 Wild rover no more Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 89537 4/8/1956 Dying stockman ; Oh, the Springtime, it brings on the shearing ; Botany Bay ; The stockman's last bed ; The old bullock dray Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 89542 4/8/1956 Click go the shears ; A nautical yarn Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 89544 4/8/1956 The station cook Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100389 8/7/1956 That's my heart strings (That's my boy) Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100390 8/7/1956 The bus stop song-1 Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100391 8/7/1956 It came upon the midnight clear Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100392 8/7/1956 Oh, little town of Bethlehem Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100393 8/7/1956 Silent night Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100394 8/7/1956 Twelve days of Christmas Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100580 9/12/1956 Girls of Coleraine Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100581 9/12/1956 Kilgary mountain Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100582 9/12/1956 Drink to me with only Thine Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100693 10/2/1956 Molly Malone Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100694 10/2/1956 The wandering of Old Angus Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100695 10/2/1956 Mrs. McGrath Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100696 10/2/1956 Women is angels Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100697 10/2/1956 Bindemeers stream Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100921 11/5/1956 Brennan on the Moor Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100922 11/5/1956 Come back Paddy Reilly Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100923 11/5/1956 Maid of the sweet brown Knowe Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100924 11/5/1956 Three lovely lassies Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100925 11/5/1956 She moved through the fair Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 100930 11/6/1956 Six miles from Bangor Burl Ives vocalist  
(Results 126-150 of 449 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ives, Burl," accessed June 13, 2024,

Ives, Burl. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 13, 2024, from

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

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