Ian Tyson was born on September 25, 1933. He was 89 years old. Tyson was raised in Duncan, British Columbia, and was born to British immigrants in Victoria. He was a rodeo rider in his late teens and early twenties who started playing the guitar as he was getting better from a fall-related injury.
He cited Wilf Carter, a fellow Canadian country musician, as an artistic inspiration. In 1956, he made his vocal debut at Vancouver’s Heidelberg Café while performing with The Sensational Stripes, a rock and roll group. In 1958, he received his degree from the Vancouver School of Art.
For two times Tyson was married. Both marriages broke up in divorce.
He divorced Sylvia Fricker, his wife from his first marriage, amicably in 1975. Additionally, a musician, their son Clay has since transitioned into a job fixing race bikes.
After his marriage to Sylvia failed in 1975, Ian moved back to Southern Alberta to farm and train horses while still part-time pursuing his musical career.
Tyson used the royalties from Neil Young’s 1979 recording of Four Strong Winds to put a down payment on his own cattle and horse ranch. He also began performing frequently at Calgary’s Ranchman’s Club.
In 1986, Ian Tyson married Twylla Dvorkin. In or around 1987, their daughter Adelita Rose was born. Early in 2008, after Tyson and Dvorkin had separated for several years, his second marriage ended in divorce.
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