Glenn Cornick, Founding Jethro Tull Bassist, Dies
Glenn Cornick, who played bass on Jethro Tull's first three albums, has died. He was 67.
The news was broken on their website early this morning in a post written by leader Ian Anderson. The Miami Herald notes that he died in his home of congestive heart failure and was receiving hospice care.
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.
Cornick played on 'This Was,' 'Stand Up' and 'Benefit' but parted ways with the group shortly thereafter, during the early stages of the recording of 'Aqualung.' One of the last songs he cut with them, 'Wond'ring Aloud,' appeared on the outtakes compilation 'Living in the Past.'
According to the bio in the "Past Members and Guests" section of Tull's website, Cornick was "invited to leave" Tull due to his partying ways, which was at odds with the more subdued members of the group. But his next band, Wild Turkey, was signed to Chrysalis Records, which was founded by Tull manager Terry Ellis, and often opened up for his former band.