Tyson in 2010
|Birth name||Sylvia Fricker|
19 September 1940 |
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Folk, country rock, country|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, broadcaster, author|
|Instruments||Vocals, autoharp, guitar, piano|
|Labels||Vanguard, Columbia, Capitol, Stony Plain, Salt, Outside|
|Associated acts||Ian & Sylvia, Great Speckled Bird, Quartette|
Sylvia Tyson, CM (born 19 September 1940, Chatham, Ontario, Canada), is a musician, performer, singer-songwriter and broadcaster. She is best known as part of the folk duo "Ian and Sylvia". Since 1993, she has been a member of the all-female folk group Quartette.
Tyson was born Sylvia Fricker in Chatham, Ontario. She was the second of four children; her father was an appliance salesman for the T. Eaton Company, and her mother was a church organist and choir leader. At a young age Fricker decided to become a singer; although her parents tried to discourage her from pursuing a career as an entertainer, she left Chatham in 1959 to perform in Toronto.
Ian & Sylvia
From 1959 to 1974, she was half of the popular folk duo Ian & Sylvia with Ian Tyson. The two met after a friend of Tyson's heard her sing at a party and let Ian know about her; Tyson had been performing in Toronto clubs as a solo artist, but after he and Fricker met, they decided to work together as a duo. From the late 1960s to the early 1970s, she and Ian Tyson also fronted the country rock band Great Speckled Bird.
Sylvia wrote her first and best-known song "You Were on My Mind" in 1962. It was recorded by Ian & Sylvia in 1964. The song has been covered extensively, and became a 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.
After the Tysons separated and stopped performing together in 1975, Sylvia started a solo career; she released two albums through Capital Records, Woman's World in 1975 and Cool Wind from the North in 1976. She then established an independent record label, Salt Records, in the early 1980s. Through this label she released the albums, Satin on Stone in 1978 and Sugar for Sugar in 1979.
Sylvia Tyson contributed offstage to the Canadian music scene as a board member of FACTOR and the Juno Awards. With Tom Russell, she was an editor of the 1995 anthology And Then I Wrote: The Songwriter Speaks (ISBN 9781551520230). In 2011, she wrote her first novel, a 420-page book entitled Joyner's Dream.
Awards and recognition
She was nominated seven times for a Juno Award, the first being in 1987 as Country Female Vocalist of the Year.
|1976||Cool Wind from the North||—|
|1978||Satin on Stone||—||Salt|
|1979||Sugar for Sugar, Salt for Salt||—|
|1986||The Big Spotlight||—||Stony Plain|
|1989||You Were on My Mind||—|
|1992||Gypsy Cadillac||—||Silver City|
|2000||River Road and Other Stories||—||Salt/Outside|
|2001||The Very Best of Sylvia Tyson||—||Varèse Sarabande|
|2011||Joyners Dream: The Kingsfold Suite||—||Outside Music|
|CAN Country||CAN AC|
|1972||"Give It to the World"||—||44||single only|
|1975||"Sleep on My Shoulder"||35||24||Woman's World|
|1976||"Good Old Song"||42||—||Cool Wind from the North|
|1979||"Love Is a Fire"||32||—||Satin on Stone|
|1980||"Same Old Thing"||—||36||Sugar for Sugar, Salt for Salt|
|1985||"Up in Smoke"||50||—||single only|
|1986||"Denim Blue Eyes"||15||—||The Big Spotlight|
|1987||"Too Short a Ride"||20||—|
|1989||"You Were on My Mind"||35||—||You 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"||18||—||Gypsy Cadillac|
|1993||"The Sound of One Heart Breaking"||52||—|
- "CCMA Hall Of Fame - Sylvia Tyson". Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
- John Einarson (January 2001). Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 233–. ISBN 978-0-8154-1065-2.
- Larry LeBlanc (4 February 1995). Canada: Who's Who. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 80–. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Larry LeBlanc (9 September 2000). Tyson album, stage show, draw on her life and long career in music. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 60–. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Hampson, Sarah (31 July 2004). "The Hampson Interview: Sylvia Tyson". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. p. R3.
- Callwood, June (28 October 1974). "The Informal Sylvia Tyson". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. p. 8.
- "Tyson". Quartette. 2003-09-08. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- "Ian and Sylvia". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- Braithwaite, Dennis (29 October 1963). "How to Get Rich". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. p. 31.
- Barber, John (19 March 2011). "I've Been a Writer All My Life". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. p. R19.
- Saxberg, Lynn (16 December 2016). "A Quartette Christmas with Sylvia Tyson and friends". Ottawa Citizen.
- "Bach and Shubert as Ian, Sylvia Wed". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 27 June 1964. p. 18.
- Leblanc, Larry (12 February 2005). "Tyson Takes a New 'Road'". Billboard. p. 52. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
- Lederman, Marsha (28 March 2008). "Tyson comes clean". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
- Jason Schneider (15 December 2010). Whispering Pines: The Northern Roots of American Music... from Hank Snow to the Band. ECW Press. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-1-55490-552-2.
- The Canadian Press (8 September 2003). "Country music to honour Tyson". London Free Press. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
- "Order of Canada: Sylvia Tyson". Governor General of Canada. 19 October 1994. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
- Sylvia's Profile at Quartette's web-site
- Sylvia Tyson on The Canadian Encyclopedia
- An interview with Sylvia Tyson
- CBC interview with Sylvia on the early years of Can-Con (important because of Sylvia's contribution to the organisational side of Canadian music
- Sylvia Tyson on Canoe.ca
- Sylvia Tyson at the Internet Movie Database