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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 176-200 of 449 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 105263 7/2/1958 The whiffenpoof song Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 106459 2/2/1959 Lydia, the tattooed lady Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 106460 2/2/1959 Viva la compagnie Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 106461 2/2/1959 Aura Lee Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 106462 2/2/1959 There is a tavern in the town Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 106463 2/3/1959 My little bimbo down on a bam Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 106464 2/3/1959 Tit willow Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 106465 2/3/1959 I never see Maggie alone Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 106466 2/3/1959 Oh, by Jingo Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 106467 2/6/1959 The kling kling bird Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 106468 2/9/1959 Rebecca came back from Mecca Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 106469 2/9/1959 There's a hole in my bucket Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 106470 2/9/1959 Polly wally doodle Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 106538 2/9/1959 We love ye, Jimmy Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 109971 12/20/1960 Git along little doggies Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 113717 6/26/1963 [Renumbering of NA 12521] Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 116165 7/14/1965 Overture and a jolly Christmas-1 Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca 118101 11/21/1966 Blue tail fly Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca L 4120 3/14/1946 On the Grand Canyon Line Burl Ives ; Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 4121 3/14/1946 Cowboy's lament Burl Ives ; Burl Ives vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 4512 10/7/1947 Blue tail fly The Andrews Sisters ; Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca L 4513 10/7/1947 I'm going down the road The Andrews Sisters ; Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca L 7787 8/6/1954 Wabash Cannonball Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca L 7788 8/6/1954 I wonder what's become of Sally Burl Ives vocalist  
Decca L 7789 8/6/1954 The mission San Miguel Burl Ives vocalist  
(Results 176-200 of 449 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ives, Burl," accessed June 18, 2024,

Ives, Burl. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from

"Ives, Burl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 June 2024.

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