Glenn Cornick

Bass Guitar – 1968 – 1970

glenncornickGlenn was born on the 24th April, 1947.

He began a civil service career near Blackpool, Lancashire, before taking up music as a bass player with local bands, including “The Executives”, a regular club band which played the Blackpool hotels and clubs on a regular and almost professional basis.

He joined the John Evan Band in 1967 just before the point when the group was to attempt the brave move to seek full-time work in the south of England as a seven-piece Blues and Soul Band.

After the other band members called it a day (having endured two whole weeks in abysmal circumstances in Luton, Bedfordshire), Glenn and Ian Anderson decided to continue with Mick Abrahams and Clive Bunker, two semi-heroes of the local music scene, in the band which was to become, after various name changes, Jethro Tull in February, 1968.

“This Was”, “Stand Up” and “Benefit” were to feature the personable and idiosyncratic style of Glenn Cornick during the next three years in which he played his important role in the early years of Tull.

Ever the party animal, Glenn grew apart from the other band members during 1970. This was a reflection, not of Glenn’s social waywardness, but of the reclusive and insular nature of the other guys’ rather private and atypical lifestyles.

Glenn was “invited to leave” by manager Terry Ellis but given due encouragement to form his own Chrysalis Records signed band “Wild Turkey” which enjoyed some success with records and tours supporting Jethro Tull.

Glenn continues to play music today in a variety of projects and is a frequent visitor to J.T. fan conventions around the world.

Curiously, he is the only one of the early Tulls to look, more or less, like his original press photos, albeit with a lager tum and curry bum.