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BEST STORY EVER: How Ian Tyson Turned On Bob Dylan (Who Turned On The Beatles)

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Legendary Canadian folk singer Ian Tyson stopped by to tell a little story about Greenwich Village in the '60s.

"We were all there on MacDougal Street, and nobody had any money, but we had a lot of fun. It was a good time. And there was a little weed floating around Greenwich Village at the time, and that was considered kind of exotic."

The next part of the story? Well, Tyson's memory is a little fuzzy on the details, so in this telling he relies on a memoir by Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan's girlfriend at the time and a close friend of Sylvia Fricker, who would soon become Sylvia Tyson, Ian's wife and musical collaborator (they divorced in 1975).

"She says that I turned Bob Dylan onto pot. Now I don't remember that," he said. "Of course, I don't remember last week!... But if it is [true], Bob Dylan turned on the Beatles. And I turned on Bob Dylan. That makes me the king."

Tyson is currently on tour with country singer Corb Lund in a show they call An Evening of Cowboy Stories and Song with Ian Tyson and Corb Lund. Catch them at these last two dates:

November 29 Toronto, ON @ Winter Garden Theatre
November 30 Ottawa, ON @ National Arts Centre

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