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Co-founding Jethro Tull bassist Glenn Cornick dead at 67

Co-founding Jethro Tull bassist Glenn Cornick died on August 28th of congestive heart failure at age 67, according to JethroTull.com. Cornick played on Tull’s first three albums -- 1968’s This Was, 1969’s Stand Up, and 1970’s Benefit -- and also appeared with the band during their 1968 performance of “Song For Jeffrey” during the Rolling Stones’ Rock And Roll Circus. According to legend, Cornick's hard-partying ways caused him to split from the band just before sessions for their 1971 breakthrough set, Aqualung.

Following his tenure in Jethro Tull, he was a co-founding member of Wild Turkey -- who were signed to Chrysalis Records, owned by Tull manager Terry Ellis, with the band often opening for Tull. Later on, Cornick was a member of Paris with former Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist, Bob Welch.

Ian Anderson broke the news on JethroTull.com, posting:

"It is with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of Glenn Cornick, bass player with Jethro Tull from the band’s inception 1968 until 1970. Of course, he had also played with the John Evan Band for the year during 1967 and so his contribution to the geographical transition from Blackpool to London and into the professional music scene was considerable.

Glenn was a man of great bonhomie and ready to befriend anyone -- especially fellow musicians. Always cheerful, he brought to the early stage performances of Tull a lively bravado both as a personality and a musician.

His background in the beat groups of the North of England and his broad knowledge of music were always helpful in establishing the arrangements of the early Tull.

During the many years since then, Glenn continued to play in various bands and was a frequent guest at Tull fan conventions where he would join in with gusto to rekindle the musical moments of the early repertoire.

We will miss him hugely and our condolences go to his wife Brigitte and children.

Glenn Cornick: musician. April 23rd 1947 - August 29th 2014."

Glenn Cornick is survived by his wife, Brigitte Martinez-Cornick, his daughter, Molly, and sons, Drew and Alex.

A while back we had checked in with leader Ian Anderson and asked him about how the original Jethro Tull members were holding up after all these years: "Well, Mick Abrahams has gout -- a disease of elderly English gentlemen. Glenn Cornick had a couple of heart attacks. Clive Bunker's been sort of manic depressive for a few years, and I've lost most of my hair. So, no, we're not in good shape -- we're in terrible shape (laughs)!”

Photo © Bill Parsons

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