The Left-Handed Guitar Players That Changed Music By John Engel
Regarded as the queen of Canadian folk music, Sylvia Tyson began her long and illustrious career as half of the Ian and Sylvia duo that gave a fresh direction to Canadian folk music, influencing countless singing groups throughout North America in the 1960s and 1970s.
After recording 13 studio albums and adapting and writing many songs in the duo, including the unforgettable, worldwide hit “You Were On My Mind,” Sylvia Tyson began an earnest solo career in 1975 which is still going strong today.
Fellow Canadians have repeatedly acknowledged their fondness for Sylvia Tyson’s distinguished music. She has been inducted in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (1992) and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame (2003), is a recipient of the Order of Canada (1995), and was presented with the Estelle Klein Award in honor of her musical legacy in 2004.
These prestigious titles notwithstanding, Tyson has led her career on her own terms. Her uncompromising integrity has guided her through a prolific and successful yet completely self-defined career. By being moderate and single-minded, she has both remained private and been a greatly appreciated artist with a solid body of work.
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Read about Sylvia Tyson's music life in John Engel's Uncommon Sound book.