Ian Tyson, Canadian singer and songwriter, died on December 29, at the age of 89. Tyson’s family announced his death on Facebook. He died on his ranch in southern Alberta, Canada, of “ongoing health issues,” according to the statement, but no other details were provided. In 2015, the singer had a heart attack and had to have open-heart surgery.
Fans and other musicians pay tribute to Ian Tyson.
The news of the death of Ian Tyson deeply saddened fans of the Four Strong Winds singer, as well as other musicians. Randy Bachman, a Canadian guitarist, describes Tyson as a “real cowboy” and said he has performed with him several times.
Praying for Ian Tyson’s family and friends. Today we have lost a true representative of the cowboy lifestyle. Go away, Ian. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/qJsPDD5nFz
– Chris LeDoux (@TheChrisLeDoux) December 30, 2022
Ian and Sylvia Tyson in a 1965 Molson Canada commercial Ian Tyson died today at the age of 89. pic.twitter.com/RqmrNv4lre
– Morgan Cameron Ross (@Morgan_C_Ross) December 29, 2022
Gord Bamford, an Australian-Canadian country musician, paid tribute to him on social media, posting some photos and saying he remembers him singing at Longview Hall and looking up saw someone standing in the doorway looking at him. He quickly recognized it as Tyson and continued:
“He stood there singing a few songs and then disappeared. I went back to my dressing room after the performance and found him waiting there with drinks and snacks! “You are a very lovely child,” he commented. Keep doing what you are doing and good luck.” We talked for a bit and he asked me to come see the old stone house later.”
Bamford expressed his regret at not being able to speak to Tyson and ended by saying that they have lost a legend and that he sends his condolences to Tyson’s family, friends and fans.
In 1956, Ian Tyson made his debut as a singer in Vancouver.
Ian Tyson, born September 25, 1933, made his singing debut in 1956 at the Heidelberg Café in Vancouver. In 1959, he began performing with Sylvia Fricker before forming the musical group Ian & Sylvia in 1961. Four Strong Winds, a song about an unsuccessful love affair, became a hit in Canada in 1963. The song was voted the best Canadian song of all time by listeners of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s public radio network in 2005.
They are also known for hits like Early Morning Rain, Lovin’ Sound, Creators of Rain, More Often Than Never, and You Were on My Mind. The albums Northern Journey, Early Rain, Tolko od snova, Full Circle, Live at Newport and others have also been released. In 2019, Ian and Sylvia were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Tyson then teamed up with Neil MacGonigill, the owner of the record company and music manager. In 1989, he was elected to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. He has released many albums, including I Outgrew the Wagon, And Stood There Amazed and Eighteen Inches of Rain.
Despite attracting a large fan base, an incident at Havelock Country Jamboree in 2006 left his vocal cords irreparably damaged and he contracted the virus the following year. This also resulted in a decline in the quality of his voice, which he was previously known for. Despite that, he went on to release albums like Yellowhead to Yellowstone and Other Love Stories, Songs from the Stone House, Raven Singer, All the Good’ Uns Vol. 2 and Carnero Vaquero. He’s famous for Some Kind of Fool, The Moondancer, Oklahoma Hills, Cowboys Don’t Cry, Magpie and other hits.