Ian & Sylvia

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Ian Tyson took up folk music in his 20s while convalescing from a rodeo injury, and teamed up with Sylvia Fricker after moving to Toronto in the late '50s. In 1960, they moved to New York, where they were signed by Albert Grossman, famous for managing Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul, and Mary. Their self-titled debut (1962) began a successful series of recordings for Vanguard, on which they helped expand the range of folk by adding bass (sometimes played by Spike Lee's father Bill) and mandolin to Ian's guitar and Sylvia's autoharp. Just as crucially, they ranged far afield for their repertoire, which encompassed not just traditional folk ballads, but bluegrass, country, spirituals, blues, hillbilly, gospel, and French-Canadian songs.

Ian & Sylvia were among the first to cover songs by Dylan and also began writing material of their own. Although original compositions were never at the forefront of their early LPs, a couple of them would become very influential indeed. Ian's "Four Strong Winds" would be covered by the Searchers and (in the '70s) Neil Young, and Sylvia's "You Were on My Mind," given a far poppier treatment by the We Five, became one of the first big folk-rock hits.





Four Strong Winds

Four Strong Winds

1963

Tomorrow Is A Long Time

Nashville

Nashville

1968

The Mighty Quinn
This Wheel's On Fire

Greatest Hits!

Greatest Hits!

1968

Tomorrow Is A Long Time
The Mighty Quinn

This Wheel's On Fire

The Complete Vanguard Studio Recordings

The Complete Vanguard Studio Recordings

2001 - 4xCD box

Tomorrow Is A Long Time
The Mighty Quinn

This Wheel's On Fire

Lovin' Sound

Lovin' Sound

1968

I Don't Believe You

Full Circle

Full Circle

1968

Tears Of Rage

 

 

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