In Memoriam: Glenn Cornick

Glenn CornickGlenn Cornick, the original bassist for Jethro Tull, passed away on August 29th, reportedly of congestive heart failure. He was 67.

Cornick appeared on Jethro Tull’s first three albums, This Was (1968), Stand Up (1969) and Benefit (1970). He left the group during the early recording sessions for Aqualung.

Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson broke the news on the band’s website:

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.

Ian Anderson 19.30 August 29th 2014

Our thoughts are with Cornick’s family and friends.

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  1. Lawrence Adams

    His Playing on Living in the past was wonderful a lovely feel in 5/4

  2. RIP – Some innovative basslines that really added to the Tull sound.

  3. I think Glenn Cornick was highly underrated. “Bouree” confounded a million bassists around the world back in the day. An early icon of mine.

  4. Herbie Schmutz

    Jethro Tull – completely underrated in the history of rock. Just ask the security guard who was quietly digging the sound at 5:29 into the video….

  5. Norm.

    He will be greatly missed.great player.

  6. Peter Beulke

    Fantastic bass player, love his fluid playing ,R.I.P Glenn.