Sylvia Tyson

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Sylvia Tyson
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Tyson in 2010
Background information
Birth nameSylvia Fricker
Born(1940-09-19) 19 September 1940 (age 73)
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresFolk, country-rock, country
OccupationsMusician, songwriter, broadcaster, author
InstrumentsVocals, autoharp, guitar, piano
Years active1959–present
LabelsVanguard, Columbia, Capitol, Stony Plain, Salt, Outside
Associated actsIan & Sylvia, Great Speckled Bird, Quartette
Websitequartette.com/sylvia.htm
 
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Sylvia Tyson
Sylvia Tyson in 2010.JPG
Tyson in 2010
Background information
Birth nameSylvia Fricker
Born(1940-09-19) 19 September 1940 (age 73)
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresFolk, country-rock, country
OccupationsMusician, songwriter, broadcaster, author
InstrumentsVocals, autoharp, guitar, piano
Years active1959–present
LabelsVanguard, Columbia, Capitol, Stony Plain, Salt, Outside
Associated actsIan & Sylvia, Great Speckled Bird, Quartette
Websitequartette.com/sylvia.htm

Sylvia Tyson, CM (born Sylvia Fricker, 19 September 1940, Chatham, Ontario, Canada), is a musician, performer, singer-songwriter and broadcaster.[1] From 1959 to 1974, she was half of the popular folk duo Ian & Sylvia with Ian Tyson.[2][3]

From the late 1960s to the early 1970s, she and Ian also fronted the country-rock band Great Speckled Bird. More recently, she has been a member of the all-female folk group Quartette.

Perhaps her best-known song was "You Were on My Mind", which was originally recorded by Ian & Sylvia in 1964. The song became a massive hit single in the mid-1960s for the San Francisco-based folk-rock band We Five and also for the British pop singer Crispian St. Peters. It has become a rock and roll standard which has been covered numerous times.

She married Ian Tyson in 1964; they divorced in 1975.[4] During their marriage, they had one child, Clay (Clayton Dawson) Tyson.[5][6] Sylvia has contributed offstage to the Canadian music scene as a board member of FACTOR and the Juno Awards. She also established an independent record label, Salt Records, in the early 1980s.[7]

With Tom Russell, she was an editor of the 1995 anthology And Then I Wrote: The Songwriter Speaks (ISBN 9781551520230).[7]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Sylvia Tyson was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1994.[8]

She was nominated seven times for a Juno Award, the first being in 1987 as Country Female Vocalist of the Year. But despite these nominations, she has not yet won a Juno award.

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame inducted Ian & Sylvia as a duo in 1992. In 2003, Sylvia Tyson herself was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumCANLabel
1975Woman's World54Capitol
1976Cool Wind from the North
1978Satin on StoneSalt
1979Sugar for Sugar, Salt for Salt
1986The Big SpotlightStony Plain
1989You Were on My Mind
1992Gypsy CadillacSilver City
2000River Road and Other StoriesSalt/Outside
2001The Very Best of Sylvia TysonVarèse Sarabande
2011Joyners Dream: The Kingsfold SuiteOutside Music

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
CAN CountryCAN AC
1972"Give It to the World"44single only
1975"Sleep on My Shoulder"3524Woman's World
1976"Good Old Song"42Cool Wind from the North
1979"Love Is a Fire"32Satin on Stone
1980"Same Old Thing"36Sugar for Sugar, Salt for Salt
1985"Up in Smoke"50single only
1986"Denim Blue Eyes"15The Big Spotlight
1987"Too Short a Ride"20
1989"You Were on My Mind"35You Were on My Mind
1990"Slow Moving Heart"43
"Rhythm of the Road"42
"Thrown to the Wolves" (with Tom Russell)43
1992"I Walk These Rails"18Gypsy Cadillac
1993"The Sound of One Heart Breaking"52

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CCMA Hall Of Fame - Sylvia Tyson". Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  2. ^ "Tyson". Quartette. 2003-09-08. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  3. ^ "The Canadian Encyclopedia". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  4. ^ Leblanc, Larry (12 February 2005). "Tyson Takes a New 'Road'". Billboard. p. 52. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  5. ^ Lederman, Marsha (28 March 2008). "Tyson comes clean". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  6. ^ "They're partners in life as well as in music, which must have its difficult moments like the prospect of having to sing with someone you were maybe not speaking to. But they certainly have made that work, what with that thing rolling around on the rug, young Clayton Dawson, herein and hereafter referred to as 'Mr. Spoons.'" From the jacket notes (by John Court) to Ian and Sylvia's LP "Lovin' Sound", MGM 4388, 1967. Quoted in Mudcat Forum by Dale Rose, 1999-04-16; accessed 2011-05-08.
  7. ^ a b The Canadian Press (8 September 2003). "Country music to honour Tyson". London Free Press. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  8. ^ "Order of Canada: Sylvia Tyson". Governor General of Canada. 19 October 1994. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 

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