June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995 Remembering Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives

Remembering Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American folk singer and actor of stage, screen, radio and television. He began as an itinerant singer and banjoist, and launched his own radio show The Wayfaring Stranger, which popularized traditional folk-songs. In the 1960s he successfully crossed over into country music, recording hits such as “A Little Bitty Tear” and “Funny Way of Laughing.” He was also a popular film actor through the late 1940s and 1950s, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1958 film The Big Country.

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