Burl Ives

Born June 14, 1909, Jasper county, Ill., U.S. Died April 14, 1995, Anacortes, Wash. U.S. singer and actor. Ives began performing at age four and learned Scottish, English, and Irish ballads from his grandmother. He left college to hitchhike around the U.S., collecting songs from hoboes and drifters. Soon after his postwar concert debut in New York City, he was hailed by Carl Sandburg as “the mightiest ballad singer of this or any other century.” He recorded more than 100 albums and had hits with “I Know an Old Lady (Who Swallowed a Fly),” “The Blue Tail Fly,” “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “A Little Bitty Tear.” He appeared in many films-including East of Eden (1955), Desire Under the Elms (1958), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and The Big Country (1958, Academy Award)-and on Broadway

Updated on
mars 24, 2023


Original LPs
Record numbers in grey have no info here but are included for reference.

1949 Original Wayfaring Stranger SLP-1

1949 Animal Fair MJV59

1949 Ballads and Folk Songs Vol. 1 DL5080

1949 Ballads and Folk Songs Vol. 2 DL5013

1949 Ballads and Folk Songs Vol. 3 DL5093

1949 Return of the Wayfaring Strangers CL6058

1949 Wayfaring Stranger CL6109

1950 More Folksongs CL6144

1952 Christmas Day In The Morning DL5428

1953 Folk Songs Dramatic And Humorous DL5467

1954 Women: Folk Songs About The Fair Sex DL5490

1954 Children's Favorites CL2570

1956 Coronation Concert DL8080

1956 Wild Side Of Life DL8107

1956 Men DL8125

1956 Down to the Sea in Ships DL8245

1956 Women DL8246


In the Quiet of the Night DL8247

1956 Sings For Fun DL8248

1957 Burl Ives Sings Songs For All Ages CL980

1957 Christmas Eve With Ives DL8391

1958 Songs Of Ireland DL8444

1958 Capt. Burl Ives Ark DL8587

Old Time Varieties DL8637

1958 Australian Folk Songs DL8749

Cheers DL8886

Ballads UA3060

1960 Little White Duck C33183

Return of the Wayfaring Stranger CL1459

Sings Irving Berlin UA3117

1961 Manhattan Troubador UA3145  

The Versatile Burl Ives DL4152

Songs of the West DL4179

Funny Way of Laughin DL4279

Sunshine in My Soul DL4320

Country Style DL4361

1963 The Best of Burl for Boys and Girls DL4390

Singing Easy DL4433

1963 Animal Folk ST3920

1963 Songs I Sang In Sunday School W3229

1963 Faith and Joy w. Korean Orphants Choir W3259

1964 Walt Disney Presents Burl Ives - Chim Chim Cheree ST3927

1964 Scouting CSP347

True Love DL4533

Pearly Shells DL4578

1965 My Gal Sal DL4606

1965 Shall We Gather at the River W3339

1966 On The Beach At Waikiki DL4668

1966 Have A Holly Jolly Christmas DL4689

1966 Burl's Choice DL4734

1966 Something Special DL4789

1967 I Do Believe W3391

1968 Broadway DL4876

1968 The Big Country Hits DL4972

1968 Sweet, Sad and salty DL5028

1968 Times They Are A-Changin' CS9675

1968 Burl Ives Christmas Album CS9728

1970 The Spoken Arts Treasury of American Ballads & Folk Songs SA3003

1971 How Great Thou Art WST8537

1972 Christmas At The White House TC1415

1973 Payin' My Dues Again MCA318

1978 We Americans NGS 07806

1979 Live In Europe Polydor

  Softly and Tenderly MFP6008

  Ballads With Guitar T302
Some Compilations and CDs

Wayfaring Stranger

1962 Spotlight On Burl Ives DLP156

1967 Greatest Hits DL4850

1969 Got The World By The Tail HS11275

  Juniors Choice CDL8008

  All My Best MCA-AMB

  Americas Favorite Folk Singer BI-AFFS

1993 A Little Bitty Tear
The Nashville Years 1961-1965
BCD 15667

  A Little Bitty Tear MCA20280

1995 Holly Jolly Christmas MCA25992

1996 Greatest Hits 00881-11439-2

1998 On Top Of Old Smoky 07989-28451-2

1999 Another Day Another Year 31114-2

  Chim Chim Cheree 60410-7

  The Magic Balladeer BI-TMB

  The Legendary Burl Ives - Readers Digest BI-TLBI

1995 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer MSP22177

2000 Lavender Blue JAS3524

2001 The Times They Are A-Changin' 05677-50168-4

2001 20 Gospel favorites MYR741-2

1995 In Memoriam CD418

2001 Songs I Sang In Sunday School ECD002

2001 How Great Thou Art ECD003

  America's Favorite Balladeer 30 songs DOVE7142

2006 Wild Side Of Life PLATCD1416