Burl Ives

Folk Songs and Stories

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By 1967, Burl Ives' moment in popular music had begun to pass, but he was still one of the most popular and beloved entertainers in the country -- and an Academy Award-winning actor, as well. So Columbia Records decided to put that speaking voice to use aimed at children, the one segment of the listening public that was still at the core of his appeal. In conjunction with Barbara Hazen, the former poetry editor of Ladies Home Journal, and provided the story material here, he delivers four narratives, "The Very Scary Witch," "The Tailor and the Mouse," "Froggie Went A-Courting," and "The Sailor and the Crocodile." The album was released as part of the Columbia Children's Record Library, and featured Ives at his most folksy and genial -- though coming out in 1967, it was already almost an artifact of a bygone age in popular culture or children's entertainment.