Burl Ives

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Burl Ives
Burl Ives (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) 1958.jpg
Burl Ives in the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof trailer, 1958
Background information
Birth name Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives
Born (1909-{{padleft:6|2|0}-14)June 14, 1909
Hunt City, Illinois, U.S.
Died April 14, 1995(1995-{{padleft:4|2|0}-14) (aged 85)
Anacortes, Washington, U.S. Oral cancer
Occupation(s) Actor, voice over actor, folk singer, writer, author
Years active 1935–1993

Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American singer and actor of stage, screen, radio and television.

He 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 Laughing". A popular film actor through the late 1940s and 1950s, Ives's best-known roles in that medium included parts in So Dear to My Heart and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, as well as Rufus Hannassey in The Big Country, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Ives is often remembered for his starring role in the 1964 Christmas stop-motion television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which continues to air on CBS every Christmas season, as the voice of "Sam the Snowman", the special's host and narrator.


Main article: Burl Ives discography

Studio Albums

Capt. Burl Ives' Ark (1958)

Capt. Burl Ives' Ark
Capt. Burl Ives' Ark
  1. The Squirrel
  2. Look At The Little Kitty Kat
  3. Bongo And His Baboon Drum
  4. Horace The Horse
  5. The Bear On The Ball
  6. The Whistling Rabbit
  7. The Ducks
  8. The Tenor Doodle-Doo
  9. The Bestiary
  10. The Monkey And The Elephant
  11. Old Doctor Wango Tango
  12. The Swap Song
  13. Old Moby Dick
  14. My Old Coon Dog
  15. Missouri Mule
  16. The Bird Courting Song
  17. Ground Hog

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas (1965)

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
  1. A Holly Jolly Christmas
  2. Christmas Is A Birthday
  3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  4. Christmas Child
  5. White Christmas
  6. Christmas Can't Be Far Away
  7. The Little Drummer Boy
  8. Snow For Johnny
  9. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  10. Winter Wonderland
  11. Silver Bells
  12. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

Burl Ives Sings Little White Duck And Other Children's Favorites (1991)

Burl Ives Sings Little White Duck And Other Children's Favorites
Burl Ives Sings Little White Duck And Other Children's Favorites
  1. The Little White Duck
  2. The Little Engine That Could
  3. Mr. Froggie Went A-Courtin'
  4. The Donut Song
  5. Two Little Owls
  6. Fooba Wooba John
  7. The Grey Goose
  8. The Whale
  9. Buckeye Jim
  10. The Sow Took The Measles
  11. The Goat
  12. Mr. Rabbit
  13. The Tailor And The Mouse
  14. Mother Goose Songs

Christmas Album (1995)

Christmas Album
Christmas Album
  1. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
  2. Silent Night, Holy Night
  3. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  4. O Holy Night
  5. Happy Birthday, Jesus (A Child's Prayer)
  6. Oh What A Lucky Boy Am I
  7. Jingle Bells
  8. Santa Mouse
  9. Ave Maria
  10. The Christmas Story
  11. Thy Rebuke
  12. Behold

Little Bitty Tear (1997)

Little Bitty Tear
Little Bitty Tear
  1. Blue Tail Fly
  2. Big Rock Candy Mountain
  3. Green Grass Of Home
  4. Old Front Porch
  5. Goober Peas
  6. A Little Bitty Tear
  7. Garlisteo
  8. Coming After Jenny
  9. Funny Way Of Laughin'
  10. Bow Down
  11. Time
  12. Raindrops
  13. Snowbird
  14. Tied Down
  15. Billy Brown
  16. Inspiration

A Twinkle In Your Eye (1997)

A Twinkle In Your Eye
A Twinkle In Your Eye
  1. Lollipop Tree
  2. Old Witch, Old Witch
  3. There Was A Little Turtle
  4. Watch The Donut Not The Hole
  5. The Moon's The Northwind's Cooky
  6. Mother Goose Rhymes
  7. Where Have You Been?
  8. Cowboy's Lament
  9. Wee Cooper O' Fife
  10. Lavender Cowboy
  11. A Frog Went A-Courtin'
  12. Mr. Rabbit
  13. Two Little Trains
  14. The Little Engine That Could

Other Songs

The songs listed below should be split into albums. Please remove this section once this has been done. (more information)
  1. A Hundred Twenty Miles From Home
  2. Beulah Land
  3. By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
  4. Call Me Mr In-Between
  5. Call Me Mr. In-Between
  6. Careless Love
  7. Clementine
  8. Delia's Gone
  9. Down In The Valley
  10. Drunken Sailor
  11. Foggy, Foggy Dew
  12. Frog Went A-Courtin'
  13. Funny Way Of Laughing
  14. Ghost Riders In The Sky
  15. Home On The Range
  16. I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
  17. It Makes No Difference Now
  18. Jingle Jingle Jingle
  19. Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly)
  20. Little White Duck
  21. Mary Ann Regrets
  22. Mockingbird Hill
  23. On The Front Porch
  24. On Top Of Old Smokey
  25. Polly Wolly Doodle
  26. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
  27. Silver and Gold
  28. The Foggy Dew
  29. The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year
  30. The Same Old Hurt
  31. The Ugly Bug Ball
  32. There's Always Tomorrow
  33. Twelve Days of Christmas
  34. Waltzing Matilda
  35. Wayfaring Stranger
  36. We Are Santa's Elves
  37. We're A Couple Of Misfits
  38. What Child Is This?
  39. Where He Leads Me


  1. The Little White Duck 1955
  2. Waltzing Matilda 1958
  3. Children's Favourites 1958
  4. Pearly Shells 1965
  5. A Collection of Ballads Folk, and Country Songs
  6. Big Rock Candy Mountain / Old English Folk Songs • Burl Ives / Susan Reed
  7. Down to the Sea in Ships

Live Album

  1. Coronation Concert 1954
  2. Genius of Folk 2005

Appears On

  1. Summer Magic [motion picture soundtrack] 1963 • Album • Various Artists
  2. A Child's Christmas 1967 • Album • Various Artists
  3. Back Home for Christmas 1970 • Album • Various Artists
  4. Cricket and Other Friends 1974 • Album • Various Artists
  5. Hugo the Hippo [motion picture soundtrack] 1976 • Album • Various Artists
  6. An Old Fashioned Christmas - Volume One 1991 • Album • Various Artists
  7. Now Is the Time: Hidden Gems From the Vaults2002 • Compilation • The Andrews Sisters
  8. A Hollywood Christmas 2009 • Album • Various Artists
  9. Fargo Year Two [tv soundtrack] 2016 • Album • Various Artists


Poor Wayfaring Stranger (1996)

Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Poor Wayfaring Stranger
  1. Blue Tail Fly
  2. I'm Goin' Down The Road
  3. The Foggy Foggy Dew
  4. Wee Cooper O' Fife
  5. The Riddle Song
  6. Cowboy's Lament (The Streets Of Laredo)
  7. Tam Pierce (Widdicombe Fair)
  8. I Know Where I'm Going
  9. I Know My Love
  10. Peter Gray
  11. Sweet Betsy From Pike
  12. On Top Of Old Smoky
  13. Darlin' Cory
  14. Leather-Winged Bat
  15. Cotton-Eyed Joe
  16. Poor Wayfaring Stranger
  17. Buckeyed Jim
  18. Black Is The Colour
  19. The Bold Soldier
  20. The Sow Took The Measles
  21. Henry Martin
  22. Frankie And Johnny
  23. Turtle Dove
  24. The Fox
  25. My Good Old Man
  26. Lolly-Too-Dum
  27. Po' Boy
  28. The Eddystone Light
  29. Hullabaloo-Belay
  30. I'm Sad And I'm Lonely
  31. Old Dan Tucker
  32. The Erie Canal
  33. Aunt Rhody
  34. Saturday Night
  35. Venezuela
  36. The Big Rock Candy Mountain
  1. Return of the Wayfaring Stranger 1962
  2. A Little Bitty Tear: The Nashville Years 1961-1965 1993
  3. Greatest Hits 1996

@ 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Burl Ives 2003

V/A Compilation

  1. The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas 1987
  2. The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song [motion picture soundtrack, tv soundtrack] 1992
  3. The Tarantino Connection 1996
  4. Now That's What I Call Christmas! 2001
  5. Fantastic Mr. Fox [film score, motion picture soundtrack] 2009

<==Bootleg / Unauthorized== Appears on: Woody Guthrie, Alan Lomax and Friends: Hootenanny 1947 / New York 1940 2015 • Woody Guthrie



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