Jethro Tull Biography

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Jethro Tull is an English rock band that was formed sometime between 1967 and 1968. What they offered was a unique style of rock marked by a distinctive vocal style, eclectic influences, elaborate song construction as well as incorporating the flute as the trademark for their songs.

The band was formed when Ian Anderson’s previous seven piece band called the John Evan Band went home to Blackpool just as they relocated to nearby Luton in search for more bookings. Anderson, along with the band’s bassist Glenn Cornick stayed behind and instead joined forces with blues guitarist Mick Abrams and drummer friend Clive Bunker to form their own band.

They went on performing on a number of areas in London but had trouble in getting repeat bookings. And because of it the initial band had to have their name changed by booking agent several times in order to continue getting booked for other gigs in the area. Along the way the band acquired the name Jethro Tull and stuck with it as it was what they used during the first time that a club manager invited them to return for another performance.

Their first album was not considered as a success. But it already showed some hints of Anderson’s flute playing, which he began learning just about 6 months before the album was released. Their music then was considered as progressive blues rock that was also influenced by a bit of jazz.

In 1969, the band was able to score their one and only number one album in the UK in "Stand Up". This album also showed the band’s focusing on taking a different direction for their music. Their songs were slowly being categorized as progressive rock.

Jethro Tull’s best known work was "Aqualung", which was released sometime in 1971. It was in this album that the band began to show their opinionated view about religion and the society. It was also during this time that the band went through a series of line-up changes, something that continued on during their career.

Their album "Thick As a Brick" in 1972 was considered as the first progressive rock album that the band released. It went on to reach number one on the US Billboard Pop Charts, followed by the release of "A Passion Play", which also reached number one on the charts.

It was during the 70’s that Jethro Tull was becoming one of the largest concert draws in the world. They were largely known for their theatrically long medleys that were mixed with brief instrumental interludes. They also evolved the way they held their live shows, moving towards using varied costumes in their live acts as part of the attraction.

In the 80’s the band went on to develop their music into incorporating electronic influences. Innovation was seen as a part of the band’s motive and is exhibited by the differences in musical styles that they were able achieved for their different albums.