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Burl Ives

An Academy Award winning American actor and acclaimed folk music singer. He won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie The Big Country and was the voice of Sam the Snowman in the 1964 animated film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; however, he is probably better remembered for his music.

Many people loved the way he was a very kind, gentle, quiet man and he was loved by many until his death in 1995.

On July 23, 1929, in Richmond, Indiana, Ives did a trial recording of "Behind the Clouds".

Ives traveled about the U.S. as an itinerant singer during the early 1930s, earning his way by doing odd jobs and playing his banjo.

In the 1940s he popularized several traditional folk songs, such as “Lavender Blue” (his first hit, a folk song from the 17th century), “Foggy Foggy Dew”.

In early 1942 Ives was drafted by the military and spent time first at Camp Dix, then at Camp Upton, where he joined the cast of Irving Berlin's This Is the Army.

Ives was cast as a singing cowboy in the film Smoky. Other movie credits include East of Eden (1955); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958); The Big Country (1958), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor; and Our Man in Havana 1959.

Burl Ives, The Actor, Singer has proven time and again he could do
all he set out to do. He seemed a genuine person throughout his life.

Burl Ives toured Australia a couple of times performing.

In 1995 Ives died of cancer of the mouth at the age of 85.

Albums include


Okeh Presents the Wayfaring Stranger (1941)
The Wayfaring Stranger (1944)
BBC Presents The Martins and the Coys (1944)
Lonesome Train: A Musical Legend (1944)
A Collection of Ballads and Folk Songs (1945)
Sing Out, Sweet Land (1946)
Ballads and Folk Songs, Volume II (1947)
Animal Fair: Songs for Children (1948)
A Collection of Ballads, Folk and Country Songs (1949)
The Return of the Wayfaring Stranger (1949)
Mother Goose Songs (1950)
Burl Ives Sings the Lollipop Tree, The Little Turtle, and The Moon Is the North Wind's Cookie (1950)
More Folksongs by Burl Ives (1950)
Hymns Sung by Burl Ives (1950)
Historical America in Song (1950)
Christmas Day in the Morning (1952)
Women: Folksongs about the Fair Sex (1953)
Folk Songs Dramatic and Humorous (1953)
Coronation Concert (1954)
The Wild Side of Life (1955)
Men: Songs for and about Men (1955)
Down to the Sea in Ships (1956)
Burl Ives Sings In the Quiet of the Night (1956)
Burl Ives Sings for Fun (1956)
Burl Ives Sings Songs for All Ages (1957)
Christmas Eve with Burl Ives (1957)
Songs of Ireland (1957)
Captain Burl Ives' Ark (1957)
Old Time Varieties (1958)
Australian Folk Songs (1958)
Cheers (1959)
Little White Duck and Other Songs (1960)
Burl Ives and the Korean Orphan Choir Sing of Faith and Joy (1960s)
Burl Ives Sings Irving Berlin (1960)
Manhattan Troubadour (1961)
The Versatile Burl Ives! (1961)
Songs of the West (1961)
It's Just My Funny Way of Laughin' (1962)
Country Style (1962)
Burl Ives and the Folk Singers Three (1962)
Songs I Sang in Sunday School (1962)
Sunshine in My Soul (1962)
The Lollipop Tree (1963)
Singin' Easy (1963)
The Best of Burl's for Boys and Girls (1963)
Walt Disney Presents Summer Magic (1963)
Burl Ives Presents America's Musical Heritage (1963)
Walt Disney Presents Burl Ives' Animal Folk (1963)
Walt Disney Presents Burl Ives' Folk Lullabies (1964)
Scouting Along with Burl Ives (1964)
True Love (1964)
Burl Ives Sings Pearly Shells and Other Favorites (1964)
Chim Chim Cheree and Other Children's Choices (1964)
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas (1965)
On the Beach at Waikiki (1965)
Shall We Gather at the River? (1965)
I Do Believe (1966)
My Gal Sal and Other Favorites (1966)
Burl's Choice (1966)
Something Special (1966)
Burl's Broadway (1967)
Burl Ives Favorites (1967)
Burl Ives Sings (1967, Coronet CXS 271)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1967)
Sweet, Sad and Salty (1968)
The Big Country Hits (1968)
The Times They Are A-Changin' (1968)
How Great Thou Art (1969)
Got the World by the Tail (1969)
Christmas at the White House (1972)
Song Book (1973)
Payin' My Dues Again (1973)
Burl Ives Sings Little White Duck and Other Children's Favorites (1974)
Christmas by the Bay (1977)

Hits include

A Little Bitty Tear - 1962
It's Just My Funny Way of Laughin' - 1962
Mr Inbetween - 1963

Films include

Smoky (1946)
Station West (1948)
So Dear to My Heart (1948)
Sierra (1950)
East of Eden (1955)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Desire Under the Elms (1958)
The Big Country (1958)
Day of the Outlaw (1959)
Our Man in Havana (1959)
Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960)
The Spiral Road (1962)
Summer Magic (1963)
The Brass Bottle (1964)
Ensign Pulver (1964)
Rocket to the Moon (1968)
The McMasters (1970)
Baker's Hawk (1976)
Just You and Me, Kid (1979)
Earthbound (1981)
White Dog (1982)
Ewoks: Caravan Of Courage (1984)
Uphill All the Way (1986)
Two Moon Junction (1988)

All we can say is people that don’t know a great deal about the talents
of BURL IVES can find it all on this well prepared site.

Thank you.

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