If you listened to popular folk music in the 1960s, you are probably already familiar with Ian & Sylvia.
Ian Tyson became a singer, songwriter as a second career choice after a nasty fall.
His first choice was a career as a rodeo rider. But after recovering from that fall, decided there must be an easier way to make a living.
Sylvia Tyson, as a teenager, was already frequenting the folk clubs of Toronto.
The two, both Canadians, hooked up in 1959 — knew their harmonies worked so by 1962 they were living in New York City where they caught the attention of manager Albert Grossman, who managed Peter, Paul and Mary and would soon become Bob Dylan's manager.
Their sound was mystic folk with a blues edge. It caught on especially their second album — Four Strong Winds. The title cut, which was written by Ian, was a major hit in Canada and ensured their stardom.
As the duo performed, recorded together and traveled together, they fell in love — and married in June of 1964.
During their years together they recorded 13 albums.
Those years ended when they divorced in 1975. They remained friends.
Sylvia joined Ian to sing their signature song, Four Strong Winds, at the 50th anniversary of the Mariposa Folk Festival on July 11, 2010, in Orillia, Ontario.
The CD, Ian & Sylvia - The Lost Tapes recently released on CD and includes live performances of some fan favorites like “Keep on the Sunny Side,” “Crazy Arms,” and “I’ll Fly Away.”
Also included are previously unreleased numbers like “Silver Threads and Golden Needles,” “Come On in My Kitchen,” and “Crying Time.”
Some consider Ian & Sylvia the pioneers of the singer, songwriter movement and the beginning of country rock.
An announcement was made in July 2019 which stated that Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson would be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, individually, not as a duo.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stated that “the duo's 1964's hit, Four Strong Winds, has been deemed one of the most influential songs in Canadian history.”
This is some of the most beautiful music to listen to alone, or with a close friend.