"Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives" (14 June 1909 – 14 April 1995) was an acclaimed American folk music singer, author and actor.
Born in Jasper County, Illinois, Ives is probably best remembered for his music. Carl Sandburg described him as “the mightiest ballad singer born in any century”. He dropped out of college to travel about as an itinerant singer during the early 1930s, earning his way by doing odd jobs and playing his banjo. He was jailed in Mona, Utah, for singing “Foggy Foggy Dew”, which the authorities decided was a bawdy song.
Ives attended Indiana State Teachers College, now Indiana State University, and graduated in 1931 from Eastern Illinois University. During college he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. While in Terre Haute, Indiana, he worked for WBOW Radio.
In 1940 Ives began his own radio show, titled ''The Wayfaring Stranger'' after one of his popular ballads. The show was very popular, and in 1946 Ives was cast as a singing cowboy in the film ''Smoky''. His first book, ''The Wayfaring Stranger'', was published in 1948.
Other movie credits include ''East of Eden'' (1955); ''Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'' (1958); ''The Big Country...
|date of birth||14 June, 1909|
|place of birth||Hunt, Illinois, USA|
|date of death||14 April, 1995|
|place of death||Anacortes, Washington, USA|