Obituary: Burl Ives
Tuesday 18 April 1995
Ives's Coronation-year concert at the Royal Festival Hall was an epochal event, and marked a total break with the effete mannerisms of the previous Peter Pears/John Jacob Niles school of self-styled minstrelsy.
In those early days, repertoire was hard to come by, but the Burl Ives Songbook was to be found in every folk-singer's guitar case, and much of the present-day fascination with sea shanties can be traced back to an excellent supplementary volume of sea songs which followed in paperback. Bob Dylan got the tune for ``With God on Our Side'' from his version of ``The Nightingales Sing'', as did Dominic Behan - an old friend - for ``The Patriot Game'' (though Dominic always claimed Dylan stole the tune from him, rather than from Burl Ives).
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