Ian Tyson

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About Ian Tyson

As one-half of the husband-and-wife harmony duo Ian & Sylvia, Ian Tyson was at the forefront of the early-'60s folk revival and became a pioneer of the emerging country-rock genre. Among his many creative achievements, the Canadian is perhaps best known for writing "Four Strong Winds," a song that became a widely covered folk standard. Although Ian & Sylvia initially made their fortune amid the same bustling Greenwich Village scene that launched the careers of Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary, they are most associated with their home country. Following their 1975 divorce, Tyson refashioned himself as cowboy troubadour of the Canadian Prairies with a string of successful solo albums in the '80s and '90s. He published his memoir, The Long Trail, in 2010, and despite an injury to his vocal chords, managed to produce further high-quality releases, like 2012's Raven Singer and 2015's Carnero Vaquero.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
September 25, 1933

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