|Great Speckled Bird|
|The Great Speckled Bird|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Labels||Ampex, Columbia, A&M, Stony Plain|
|Ian & Sylvia, Ian Tyson, Hungry Chuck, Lost Country|
N. D. Smart
Pee Wee Charles
Great Speckled Bird was a country rock group formed in 1969 by the Canadian musical duo Ian & Sylvia. Ian Tyson sang, played guitar and composed. Sylvia Tyson sang, composed and occasionally played piano. The other founding members were Amos Garrett on guitar and occasional vocals, Ben Keith on steel guitar, Ken Kalmusky on bass and Ricky Marcus on drums. They were named after the song, "The Great Speckled Bird", as recorded by Roy Acuff(1938).
The group was featured in the film Festival Express, a documentary about the music festival of the same name that took place in 1970. The shows were scheduled, and the performers traveled by train, across Canada. In the film, Great Speckled Bird performs "C.C. Rider", along with Delaney Bramlett and members of Grateful Dead. A performance of the Dylan/Manuel song "Tears of Rage", without the aforementioned accompaniment, is included in the extra features of the DVD release.
In 1970, the group became the house band for the television show Nashville North, produced by the CTV network and filmed at the CFTO-TV studios in Toronto, which, after one season, became the Ian Tyson Show. The show ran until 1975.
|1970||Great Speckled Bird||Great Speckled Bird||54||Ampex|
|1972||You Were on My Mind||Ian & Sylvia and The Great Speckled Bird||Columbia|
|1973||Ol' Eon||Ian Tyson||81||A&M|
|CAN Country||CAN AC||CAN|
|1970||"Trucker's Cafe"||9||94||Great Speckled Bird|
|1972||"You Were on My Mind"||4||You Were on My Mind|
|1973||"Love Can Bless the Soul of Anyone"||46||61||Ol' Eon|
|1974||"Great Canadian Tour"||13|