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Burl Ives

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Born: 1909/06/14
Birth Place: Hunt City, Illinois, U.S.
Genres: Children's, Christian/Gospel, Country, Folk, Pop, Seasonal, Vocals

Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American actor, writer and folk music singer. 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 1940 Ives began his own radio show, titled "The Wayfaring Stranger" after one of his ballads. Over the next decade, he popularized several traditional folk songs, such as “Foggy, Foggy Dew” (an English/Irish folk song), “Blue Tail Fly” (an old Civil War tune), and “Big Rock Candy Mountain” (an old hobo ditty). In the 1960s Ives began singing country music with greater frequency. In 1962 he released three songs that were popular with bot... Continue Bio >>

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