Jethro Tull

Ian AndersonVocals, flute, guitar1967-
Mick AbrahamsGuitar1967-1968
Glenn CornickBass1967-1971
Clive BunkerDrums1967-1971
Martin BarreGuitar1968
John EvanKeyboards1970-
Jeffrey HammondBass1971-1976
Barriemore BarlowDrums1971-
John GlascockBass1976-1979
David PalmerKeyboards1976-

Jethro Tull Artistfacts

  • They are named after an 18th century English agriculturalist. He invented a seed drill which planted seeds in rows. Before they adopted the name, they were known as "The Blades."
  • Along with David Bowie and Alice Cooper, Tull popularized "Theatrical Rock" during the 1970s. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Chester - St. Catharines, Canada
  • They won the first ever Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 1989 for Crest Of A Knave. Many Tull fans felt they did not belong in this category. When Metallica won the Grammy in that category in 1990, they were so upset for losing to Tull the year before that during their acceptance speech, one of them sarcastically said: "We would like to thank Jethro Tull for not being nominated this year."
  • Tony Iommi, one of the founders of Black Sabbath, was a member of Jethro Tull for two weeks in 1968. He played with them on The Rolling Stones' Rock 'n' Roll Circus special, which did not air because of poor performances, but was released on video in 1995.
  • They opened for Led Zeppelin on Zeppelin's first American tour. They also once opened for Pink Floyd.
  • For their 25th anniversary tour, they would select a member of the audience and seat them on a sofa onstage to watch the show.
  • From the late '70s until 2010, Anderson owned a salmon farm in Scotland, which helped defray some of the massive taxes levied in the UK on high earners. At its peak, it employed 400 people and was the largest independent producer of smoked salmon in the UK; one of its clients was London's department store, Harrod's.
  • Their first single, "Sunshine Day," mistakenly credited the band as "Jethro Toe."
  • When they released their first album in 1968, critics called them "the new Cream."
  • Abrahams left the band to form Blodwyn Pig.
  • In 2004, David Palmer announced he had undergone a sex change operation and is now a woman known as Dee Palmer.
  • The London Symphony Orchestra covered many classic Tull tunes in the 1985 album A Classic Case: Music Of Jethro Tull. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Charlie - Thomaston, CT
  • In 1969, readers of the British magazine Melody Maker voted Jethro Tull the third best band - behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
  • Because of the overwhelming critical lambasting that the album A Passion Play took, Ian Anderson announced in 1973 that he was going to retire as a musical performer.
  • Tull's second bassist,Jeffrey Hammond, took only a month to learn how to play the bass guitar before he joined the band.
  • Even though Tull did not play at 1969's Woodstock Festival, in the movie version of this event, one of their songs from This Was can be heard blasting from the speakers.
  • In 1968, Tull's manager thought that they should take a different musical direction - he believed that Mick Abrahams should be the focus of the band and become it's frontman instead of Ian Anderson.
  • For several years in the 1970s, Led Zeppelin, ELP and Jethro Tull were voted the best instrumental bands in Playboy magazine's annual reader's music poll.
  • In the mid-'80s, Ian Anderson praised Thomas Dolby as an up-and-coming new musician and criticized the band Genesis for changing their style and, thus, "selling-out."
  • Bassist John Glascock died during open heart surgery. Ian Anderson would joke onstage that John's nickname was "Old brittle dick." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Chester - St. Catharines, Canada, for above 8
  • In 1973, they sold out three dates at the Los Angeles Forum in 1 1/2 hours, the fastest any show had sold out there. Another show was added.
  • Anderson learned to play the flute by listening to and imitating the music performed by jazz artist Roland Kirk. Asked by Uncut magazine why he took up the flute, Ian Anderson replied: "I decided to quit the guitar when I heard Eric Clapton in '66, early '67. I had a white Fender Stratocaster that I'd bought for £30 from Lemmy, when he was guitarist with Reverend Black And The Rocking Vicars. I part exchanged it for a flute and a Shure Unidyne 3 Mic."

    Anderson added: "The flute was a whimsical moment of self-indulgence. I wanted to find something to play that wasn't a part of the rock scene at the time. It sat gathering dust for about six months until I finally coaxed a note out of it in December '67 and by February 1968, Jethro Tull was born."
  • Ian Anderson is a morning person. He said in our 2013 interview: "I wake up early in the morning. It's always good. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night; in the middle of a period of sleep I'll suddenly wake up with an idea for a song or a line of music and run to the bathroom, scribble it down on a piece of paper, and leave it next to the toothpaste so I find it in the morning. But other times I just get up earlyish - 7 o'clock, whatever it might be - and try to be creative before the household awakes."
  • Anderson doesn't drive, saying he's "not temperamentally suited" for it.

Comments: 26

  • Wes Manelski from Cleveland OhioWhy are they not in the rock & roll hall of fame yet? Their nominating committee is a joke!!!
  • Freda Slaves from Bangor, MeI don't get it, what was the song 'Cross-Eyed Mary' about?
  • Tom from Marble Falls, ArMy favorite Tull song is "Baker St. Muse" on the album "Minstrel in the Gallery." Its the last of Tull's suite-style songs (album length), though it doesn't run the length of the album, it runs about 16 minutes. It's IMHO, Ian Anderson at his best, even if it got panned by the critics. I also love Thick As A Brick.
  • Tracy from Amarillo, Txi had the pleasure of seeing Jethro Tull in Austin at an outdoor concert hall. Ian Anderson is by far the most creative artist and i was truely mesmerized by him. i dreamed of taking flute lessons from him at 13... He was standing with the one-foot stance dressed exactly as the cover of "Original Masters" His latest stuff like "Language of Birds" and "Twelve Dances with God" are amazing examples of his never ending well of creativity.
  • John from Whelling, WvJethro Tull is the greatest band in the world to hell with the crtics!!!!!!!!
  • Luke from Vancouver, CanadaEvery one listen to "The Whistler" it's the best song ever!
  • Sarah from Quincy, IlI once worked at a place that constantly played Top 40 covers as Muzak, and "Living In The Past" sounded great! The melody was played by a trombone.
  • Ben from Baltimore, MdI think more teenagers need to be exposed to classic rock, including Jethro Tull.
  • Danny from Sydney, AustraliaI love how Tull are well known enough to have tonnes of fans, but not known well enough to get bagged out by know-nothing teens, although I say this as a teenager myself.
  • Chester from St.catharines, CanadaWhat I think puts Tull ahead of some of the other great 1970's progressive rock bands is while Yes or ELP basically used exactly the same type of musical style on each of their albums, Tull experimented more and each of their 70's discs have their own unique sound/style.Even Ian Anderson's vocals changed - from nasally in Benefit to raspy in Heavy Ho(a)rses.
    With the inclusion of extra tracks in it's 2001 re-release, I would say that Benefit is their best album.
  • Melanie from Milwaukee, Wimy dad has been the largest jethro tull fan since before i was born so I've grown up with them my whole life and i know basically all there songs. but i think they rock any ways.
  • Bella from La, CaAll of the members of Jethro Tull are extraordinary musicians and Ian Anderson really spearheaded classical crossover rock. It is very impressive how they can combine other genres and artists in their show. Several weeks ago they had a guest rock violinist, who is only fourteen, perform with them. His name is Antonio Pontarelli and he is definately someone to keep your eye on. Check out for some great pics from the show!
  • Noril from Manila, Other aqualung is cool!! but song for jeffrey is dope!!
  • Jessi from Indian Hills, CoI love Jethro Tull i have been listening to it since i was in fourth grade when i started playing flute my fav jethro tull song to play is living in the past.
  • Matthew from Downers Grove, Ili like Lick Your Fingers Clean and Locomotive Breath, Aqualung and Skating Away are good
  • Cameron Mcintyre from Port Colborne, Canada"If all this snow was cocaine, Jethro DULL could do a winter season." - Robert Plant after Jethro opened for Zep
  • Matt from Portland, OrJethro Is the best band ever, besides sublime. But still Skating Away is AWESOME. i love ian andersons flute.
  • Alex from Farmington, NmBungle in the jungle is awesome, you gotta dig that song
  • Ryan from Los Angeles, CaTheir first album This Was is very underrated. It's got a very cool bluesly/jazzy feel. Song for Jeffrey is great. There's a cool drum solo on their as well.
  • Michael from Brisbane (seoul), Korea - SouthMy friend and I were one of the lucky fans to be invited on stage to watch the show, i also sung "Thick as a brick" with Ian Anderson and he carried me all the way. It was the best concert my friend and i have ever been to.
  • Charlie from Thomaston, Cti saw jethro tull in concert recently in stanford CT(2004 tour) it was great, ian anderson blew up these big balloons and threw them out into the audiance. there was this anoyying short fat guy in front of me though and the t-shirts were like 50 bucks.
  • Emory from Baltimore, MdI worked with Jethro Tull at Grady's Fish and Chips Shack in Dudleydownwemblyshire in 1968. Man could that guy work the fryer.
  • Don from Pittsburgh, PaThe Best Tull IMHO,Thick as a Brick,Aqualung,Songs from the Wood and Benefit. A truly progressive band in the 1970's
  • David from Richmond, VaThick as a Brick is my ultimate favorite. It has a lot of variety and is played well live. Palmer called up Anderson and said, "I have to get this off my increasingly ample chest."
  • David from Richmond, VaAqualung is a classic.
  • Janet from Perth, AustraliaI think "Living in the Past" is Jethro Tull's best song.
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