Sylvia Tyson (Ontario, Canada)
Sylvia Tyson is an icon in Canadian country and folk music. From her collaboration with Ian Tyson (Ian & Sylvia) on stage, studio and television in the 1960s and 1970 to seven solo albums, her career has earned her a place in the Canadian Music, Country Music and Songwriter’s Halls of Fame, not to mention receiving Canada’s highest civilian award, the Order of Canada. Very few artists have created a musical legacy that has achieved long-standing international success.
Perhaps her best-known song is 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. It has become a rock and roll standard which has been covered numerous times.
Sylvia recorded for Capitol Records, broadcast on CBC radio and television out of Toronto, and later founded her own label, as well as co-authoring a book about song-writing entitled And Then I Wrote. She has toured with her own show, River Road and Other Stories. Since 1993, she has been a member of the all-female folk group Quartette who appeared at the Mission Folk Music Festival in 1994.