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."
Catch Tyson at these upcoming performances:
January 17–18 Spruce Grove, AB @ Horizon Stage
January 31–February 1 Elko, NV ! Cowboy Poetry Gathering
February 6 St. Albert, AB @ Arden Theatre
February 8 Turner Valley, AB @ Flare and Derrick Community Hall
March 8 Calgary, AB @ Deerfoot Inn & Casino
The Beatles - CP Images
Dylan and Harrison - CP Images
Bob Dylan performance photos - Library of Congress