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date: 29 January 2020

Ives, Burl (Icle Ivanhoe )locked

  • Cheryl A. Brauner
  • , revised by Paul F. Wells


(Icle Ivanhoe )

(b Hunt Township, Jasper Co., IL, June 14, 1909; d Anacortes, WA, April 14, 1995). American singer and actor. Ives began singing in public as a child. In 1929 he dropped out of Eastern Illinois State Teachers College to pursue a career as a performer. He auditioned, albeit unsuccessfully, for Gennett Records in 1929. In 1931 he moved to New York City where he landed some minor stage roles. His first major success came as the host of a CBS radio program, “The Wayfaring Stranger,” which ran from 1940 until 1942. He began recording folk songs in the 1940s, with releases on the Columbia, Asch, and Decca labels. In 1945 he gave his first important concert at Town Hall in New York City. That same year he portrayed a singing cowboy in the film Smoky, and received a Donaldson Award for his appearance in the Broadway production Sing Out, Sweet Land...

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