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About Burl Ives

With a gentle yet unyielding demeanor and a crooner’s voice, folk-troubadour Burl Ives, dubbed “America’s Great Ballad Singer” by Carl Sandburg, notched many a classic during a career that spanned six decades. After riding the rails through the '30s, he would eventually become a mainstay of the tightly knit NYC folk scene of the ‘40s & ‘50s; however, his cooperation with Joseph McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee, to save himself from being blacklisted, would make him a pariah for decades. Ives also made his mark as an understated actor, winning an Oscar for his role in 1958’s BIG COUNTRY. Yet, for many, Ives's eternal link is to Christmastime as the voice of Sam the Snowman, narrator of the annually re-run 1964 television special, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, containing his standard “A Holly Jolly Christmas.”

HOMETOWN
Huntington Township, IL
GENRE
Country
BORN
Jun 14, 1909

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