Ian And Sylvia – Nashville (1968)May 31, 2009
Artist: Ian And Sylvia
Sylvia is from Chatham. Born Sylvia Fricker.
1. Mighty Quinn
2. Wheels On Fire
3. Farewell To The North
4. Taking Care Of Business
5. Southern Comfort
6. Ballad Of The Ugly Man
7. Ninety Degrees X Ninety Degrees
8. She’Ll Be Gone
9. London Life
11. House Of Cards
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Recorded in Nashville in 1968, and released the same year on Vanguard, this album from the Canadian folk duo Ian & Sylvia Tyson includes a cover of the Danko/Dylan classic “This Wheel’s on Fire”. Their version is also available on CD, e.g. on the 2002 compilation IAn & Sylvia: The Complete Vanguard Recordings (Vanguard 4VCD 196).
Sylvia Fricker was born on September 19, 1940, in Chatham, Ontario. Her mother was a music teacher and the organist and choir leader in their church; her father was employed in the appliance section of a large department shore. after graduating from high school, she worked for a jeweler in her hometown but, unhappy with the direction her life was taking, began venturing up to Toronto on weekends. She had always enjoyed music, particularly the folk idiom, so she decided to pursue a career as a professional singer. After a year of traveling back and forth to Toronto, she quit her job and moved. She first met Ian while both were performing at a local spot called the Village Corner Club. They formed their music partnership early in 1959 and, in 1964, their personal lives were joined by marriage.
Despite their production of five more albums in the next few years, Ian & Sylvia were uncertain in which direction to take their music. After deciding to utilize Nashville’s top-notch musicians by recording in Music City, they realized their commitment to country music — which came as no great surprise, for their musical roots were in country. Although some “people really got uptight,” explains Tyson, “when we made the transition to country music,” they have never regretted their choice. Out of the Nashville venture came another album for Vanguard, a subsequent LP on the MGM label, and the formation of a country band called the Great Speckled Bird.