The song you mention is from Mary Poppins. Burl Ives was NOT in this film. Dick Van Dyke the magical (Jack of all trades) named Burt. Burl Ives sings Spoonful of Sugar on a childrens song album he recorded called… Full Answer
it is common knowledge that an area in Bateston, Cape Breton is believed to be the property of the late Burl Ives. Local youth congregate here over the summer months where parties take place on the shores of Cow bay… Full Answer
I do not know if Burl Ives ever sang "When you Wish Upon a Star," but the version in Pinocchio is not sung by him. Actually, this Disney version was sung by Cliff Edwards, who also voiced Jiminy Cricket.
Burl himself did not consider himself quite either. See article: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&dat=19950417&id=rFoxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=oaIFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3613,1692174 Hope this helps, Lisa A. DeBarr (Burl Ives enthusiast)
Burl Ives was a folksinger and actor-- not a songwriter. The Erie Canal song was written long before Mr. Ives, and presumably sometime after 1825 when the canal was built. There were a lot of songs written about the Erie… Full Answer