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Album Review

This compilation of Burl Ives' work aimed at the kids' market tends somewhat toward the twee and saccharine, though there are moments of genuine amusement here and there. "The Lollipop Tree" and "The Lavender Cowboy" come immediately to mind (the latter having to do with a luckless gunslinger who had only two hairs on his chest).


Born: 14 June 1909 in Huntington Township, IL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

With his grandfatherly image, Burl Ives parlayed his talent as a folksinger into a wide-ranging career as a radio personality and stage and screen actor. After spending his early twenties traveling the country as an itinerant singer, Ives moved to New York City in 1937. By the end of 1938, he had made his Broadway debut, and he also sang folk songs in Greenwich Village clubs. In 1940, Ives began to appear regularly on radio, including on his own show, The Wayfarin' Stranger, on CBS. Ives made his...
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