Four Strong Winds 45 by Ian & Sylvia

March 19, 2013

four strong winds ian & sylvia

Ian Tyson and Sylvia (Fricker) Tyson were a Canadian folk duo whose career, (1959-1975), lasted longer than their marriage, (1964-1975).

They were an important part of the 1960s folk revival movement. They recorded 13 albums during their career, which sold millions of copies, but they never had a chart single in the United States. In their native Canada their cover of the Gordon Lightfoot song “Early Morning Rain” topped the Singles Chart and their own “You Were On My Mind” reached the top five.

Their most famous composition has been recorded by dozens of artists and is most associated today with Neil Young. “Four Strong Winds” was the title of their 1964 album and a single released in the United States. While it had no chart action, it remains the definitive versions of this classic folk song.