Burl Ives was among the first prominent performers to record a classic rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" in 1951. Ives' recording sold more than one million copies and is considered the first popular music record to be certified gold by the RIAA.
Ives' version uses a small orchestra with guitar, bass, drums, and xylophone. He sings each verse accompanied only by himself on the guitar. Ives' recording became so popular that it was repackaged and re-released several times over the next decade. In 1961, Ives released another holiday album titled "Happy Holidays." This album included classics such as "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town," "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer," and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".
Ives died in 1996 at the age of 80 due to complications from lung surgery. However, his daughter has said that he would have loved modern technology and would have been thrilled by YouTube.
In 2005, American singer-songwriter Michael Bublé released his debut album, which featured songs that ranged from pop to jazz. The album has been very successful, selling more than 15 million copies worldwide and earning him two Grammy Awards.
Burl Ives 10, giving the artist a top ten entry 55 years after the song was first recorded—Burl Ives, with "A Holly Jolly Christmas." "A Holly Jolly Christmas" has been covered by musicians far more famous than Ives, who was primarily a folk singer who had a few country singles in the early 1960s. Ives never enjoyed the same level of success as some other singers who have covered his songs, but he did have several Christmas albums released in the late 1950s and early '60s that have sold over one million copies combined.
Ives got his start at a time when there were no rock stars; instead, there were solo artists and bands. Burl Ives was one such musician who had a successful career during the late 1940s and early '50s. He originally gained recognition for his role on the radio show The Burl Ives Show, which ran from 1945 to 1952. The program was so popular that it spawned several books and records. After the end of The Burl Ives Show, Ives continued to release albums and tour regularly until he died of cancer in 1989 at the age of 78.
On December 9, 1948, Ives recorded "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" for Capitol Records. It was issued as part to a series of holiday songs called The Golden Hits of Burl Ives. The song became Ives' first hit single and remains his most popular today.
1909 Austin released the traditional tune for the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" in 1909. He reworked a classic folk tune and added a two-bar theme for "Five Gold Rings." He also changed the lyrics, inserting "on" at the start of each stanza. These alterations became the standard version of the song.
Austin's song was a hit and remains so today. It has been recorded by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tony Bennett. The song has appeared on record albums including several Christmas collections. It is also sung during Christmas carols services every year.
Austin originally wrote "the twelve days of christmas" as a poem that was then set to music. But it wasn't his only contribution to Christmas songs - he also published "Good King Wenceslas" in 1873. This poem is often used as an introduction to "We Three Kings," which dates back to at least 1650.
Good King Wenceslas looked out upon his feastly brightening land and saw among his people sadness and despair. No hope of heaven or hell seemed to greet the new day. God's holy child was born to save all men. Then three kings arrived at godswith their gifts -- gold, frankincense and myrrh.
"A Holly Jolly Christmas" (also known as "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas") is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and popularized by Burl Ives. Since then, the song has risen to the top 25 most-performed "holiday" songs created by ASCAP members in the first five years of the twenty-first century.
Ives's daughter, Karen Carpenter, was married to the singer/guitarist/songwriter Gary Lewis during Ives's lifetime. They had one child together, a son named John Paul. Ives died on March 16, 2005, at the age of 88.
Here are some of Ives's other famous songs: "Jingle Bells", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".
Burl Ives was born on January 24, 1917, in New York City. He grew up in Indiana with his parents and two siblings. The family moved to California when he was 11 years old. There, he began taking piano lessons and singing in local clubs. In 1934, at the age of 19, Ives joined an orchestra as their new lead singer. Within a few months, he was given the opportunity to replace their previous singer who had left to join the military. This is how Burl Ives came to be known as a "man's man" who could sing like a woman.
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is a cumulative song that spans the twelve days of the Christmas season, beginning on Christmas Day and concluding on January 6, the day before Epiphany. Starting with "a partridge in a pear tree" and ending with "twelve drummers drumming," each day marks a new gift. The song was popularized by Andy Williams.
Its origins date back to 15th-century England when it was first written down by William Caxton for his book "The Game and Playe of Chesse." In 1616, John Taylor published the first known set of lyrics to this song.
Taylor's poem was so popular that it was repeated in many other books over the next two centuries. Today, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is used as a cumulatively listing gifts that span from Christmas Day to Epiphany.
Some scholars believe that the song refers to the twelve signs of the zodiac. Others think that it refers to the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. Yet others see a connection with the twelve tribes of Israel or the twelve months of the year. No matter what its origin may be, the song itself is timeless.
The classic Christmas song "Twelve Days of Christmas" was originally written without music in England in 1780, although its provenance is unknown. Some assume the song was written in France at the time. When it was first published in England, it was in a children's book named "Mirth without Mischief." The song was utilized as a game of memorization. Children would sing the verse to it, and then repeat the chorus until told they had said everything there was to say. It is believed that later additions were made to the song to fill it out to twelve verses.
Christmas has become such an important part of society that many other holidays have been incorporated into December including New Year's Eve, Independence Day, and Halloween. Christmas is so pervasive that it has influenced when other holidays were fixed upon by date. For example, February 14 was initially called Valentine's Day because it was dedicated to the poet Saint Valentine who is credited with introducing Christianity to Europe. March 25 is now known as Easter because it marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Christmas has also influenced the timing of other events throughout the year. For example, since Christmas falls on a Sunday this means that Christmas Day itself becomes the public holiday known as "Monday Christmas". This is so that we can all rest after the huge feast consumed on Christmas Day! Also, since 1866 Christmas has been observed on January 7 instead of December 25 to give government employees a day off work.
Finally, Christmas has changed how we count our months.