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Jethro Tull

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Ian Anderson - flute/vocals, Mick Abrahams - guitar, Clive Bunker - drums, Glenn Cornick - bass guitar

Jethro Tull was formed towards the end of 1967 with members having come through various groups including the John Evan Smash, The band played the Marquee and recorded three tracks at Regent Sound Studios. Following a couple of personnel changes and a number of band name changes before they settled on Jethro Tull after the 18th Century agriculturalist.

The first single Sunshine Day was released in February 1968 although it was credited to Jethro Toe in error! Around this time Anderson took up the flute rather than being an average guitar player. The first album This Was was recorded during the summer and released in October 1968. Despite the LP reaching number 10 in the charts, Abrahams left in December to form Blodwyn Pig. He was replaced by Tony Iommi who was present when the band played at the Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus on 11 December 1968. The band played Song for Jeffrey although only the vocals and flute were played live. However, Iommi left to found Black Sabbath and he was replaced by Martin Barre. He played his first gig on 30 December 1968 at the Penzance Winter Gardens.


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