A few interesting tidbits on Burl Ives:
1. Though he recorded many a children's song, he HATED
children more than the plague!
2. He was a militant rebel against the US government in
his own way.
3. When asked what was his favourite song, of all he
recorded, he referenced a little known obscure ditty
found on an old Decca album from the early 60s, "I found
my best friend at the Dog Pound" !
Still, he's a legend. What a voice!
His final television appearance was in 1987 on Dolly
Parton's ABC-TV Variety Show, on her Christmas episode
in which Ives sang "Holly Jolly Christmas", and later,
in a sketch, played a mysterious ghost who appeared at
Dixie's Diner one Christmas Eve.