Ian & Sylvia

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Tags: folk canadian singer-songwriter 60s country Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ian Dawson Tyson, 25 September 1933, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Ian Tyson’s father went to Canada in 1906 with dreams of being a cowboy and passed on his aspirations to his son, who worked on a farm, entered amateur rodeos and worked as a lumberjack. He says, ‘I’m always grateful for my logging and rodeo days because that’s where the songs come from.’ While recovering from a rodeo injury, Tyson taught himself guitar and then played ‘rockabilly in the chop-suey bars of Vancouver’. He says, ‘I couldn’t play very well as I only knew A, D and E. That’s when I wrote ‘Summer Wages’.’ In 1959, he met Sylvia Fricker (b. 19 September 1940, Chatham, Ontario, Canada) at the Village Corner, a Toronto club. They formed a folk duo, Ian And Sylvia, and were married in 1964. They moved to Greenwich Village and were signed by Bob Dylan’s manager, Albert Grossman.

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