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Randon Burl Ives


Burl Ives? Yeah, Burl Ives. Known mostly for narrating “Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer” or maybe you know him from “Have A Holly Jolly Christmas”. Ives was an actor, folk singer, and country singer. He also did a lot of narrations and voice overs.

As an actor he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in “The Big Country” a 1958 western staring Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, and Jean Simmons. He also played opposite Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor in “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”, also from 1958.

This was his biggest hit. From 1962,

A cover of “Cool Water” originally by The Sons of the Pioneers.

And continuing the theme with Bore Patch, a cover of “Ghost Riders In the Sky.

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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Ghost Riders was our theme song back in the 70's on a particular mission I was involved with…

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