Burl Ives was one of six children born to a Scottish-Irish farming family. He first sang in public for a soldiers' reunion when he was age 4. In high school, he learned the banjo and played fullback, intending to become a football coach when he enrolled at Eastern Illinois State Teacher's College in He dropped out in and wandered, hitching rides, doing odd jobs, street singing. Summer stock in the late s led to a job with CBS radio in ; through his "Wayfaring Stranger" he popularized many of the folksongs he had collected in his travels. By the s, he had hits on both popular and country charts.
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Watch the video. Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. Sign In. Down 1, this week. Burl Ives was one of six children born to a Scottish-Irish farming family. He first sang in public for a soldiers' reunion when he was age 4. In high school, he learned the banjo and played fullback, intending to become a football coach when he enrolled at Eastern Illinois State Teacher's College in He dropped out in and wandered, Filmography by Job Trailers and Videos.
This is what folk songs of the past were and are. They are the great bulk of songs created before the days of radio by one or more among a group of people who shared an experience, like pioneering westward or sailing a clipper ship. He has sung America high, wide, low and long…In his songs, he has made American history and legend shine like stars. His father, Frank, was a migrant farmer. Occasionally, his grandmother used music to convey other lessons. Once in school, Ives discovered an athletic talent. And though he played his guitar and sang publicly from the age of 4, after high school he decided to become a coach. He enrolled at Eastern Illinois State Teachers College as a physical education major and made it to his senior year. But before that year was through, Ives knew the teaching life was not for him; that music was his true calling.
Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives June 14, — April 14, was an American singer and actor of stage, screen, radio and television. Ives began as an itinerant singer and banjoist, and launched his own radio show, The Wayfaring Stranger , which popularized traditional folk songs. In the s, he successfully crossed over into country music , recording hits such as " A Little Bitty Tear " and " Funny Way of Laughin' ". Ives is often remembered for his voice-over work as Sam the Snowman, narrator of the classic Christmas television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer , which continues to air annually around Christmas. His father was first a farmer and then a contractor for the county and others. One day, Ives was singing in the garden with his mother, and his uncle overheard them. He invited his nephew to sing at the old soldiers' reunion in Hunt City.