Glenn Cornick

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Glenn Cornick
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Background information
Birth name Glenn Douglas Barnard Cornick
Born (1947-04-23)23 April 1947
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England
Died 28 August 2014(2014-08-28) (aged 67)
Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Genres Rock, blues rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar, organ
Years active 1962–1977, 1996–2014
Labels Chrysalis
Associated acts Jethro Tull, Wild Turkey, Paris, Carthago

Glenn Douglas Barnard Cornick (23 April 1947 – 28 August 2014) was a British bass player, best known as a founding member of the British band Jethro Tull. Rolling Stone has called his playing with Tull as "stout, nimble underpinning, the vital half of a blues-ribbed, jazz-fluent rhythm section".[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Cornick attended Barrow-in-Furness Grammar School for Boys and then moved to Blackpool.[2]The first group Glenn Conrinck played with was "The Executives", a group that played cover versions of famous songs in clubs and pubs.[3] Later, he joined a soul band called John Evan Smash[4] in which Ian Anderson and guitarist Mick Abrahams were also members. Drummer Clive Bunker who was a friend of Abrahams then joined them to form Jethro Tull.[5]

Jethro Tull[edit]

Cornick toured and recorded with Jethro Tull from late 1967 to late 1970. He played in the three first studio albums of the band, This Was, Stand Up and Benefit, playing an important role in the arranging of the music, being one of the few members of Jethro Tull with some musical learning. During his time with the band, he established his stage persona, with strong virtuosity and remarcably music competence. One of the few live recordings of Cornick with Jethro Tull is the video Nothing is Easy - Live at the Isle of Wight, recorded in 1970 and released in 2004. His departure of the band was motivated by his life style, more inclined to parties than the others band members.[6][7][8]

Wild Turkey[edit]

After leaving Jethro Tull, Cornick played as a session musician for Leigh Stephens in his 1971 album And a Cast of Thousands.[9] In the same year, he formed Wild Turkey, initially with: Graham Williams (guitar), Alan 'Tweke' Lewis (guitar), John "Pugwash" Weathers (ex-Pete Brown & Piblokto!) (drums) and Gary Pickford-Hopkins (ex-Eyes of Blue) on vocals; but Weathers and Williams left to join Graham Bond's Magick before Wild Turkey recorded any material - soon after, Weathers joined the progressive rock band Gentle Giant. They were replaced by Jon Blackmore (guitar and vocals) and Jeff Jones (ex-Man) (drums) who joined Cornick, Tweke and Pickford-Hopkins to record Wild Turkey's first album Battle Hymn - which only reached number 193 in The Billboard 200.[10]

Karthago and Paris[edit]

See also: Paris (band)

Cornick then joined the German band Karthago with whom he recorded just one album Rock'N'Roll Testament before leaving and moving to Los Angeles to form Paris with guitarist Bob Welch (ex-Fleetwood Mac) and Thom Mooney (ex-Nazz) on drums. They recorded an eponymous album Paris in 1975, before Mooney was replaced by Hunt Sales (ex-Todd Rundgren's Runt), and in 1976 recorded Big Towne, 2061. Paris disbanded in 1977.

Wild Turkey again, the 1990s and recent work[edit]

In 1996, Cornick participated in a Jethro Tull tribute, called To Cry You A Song - A collection of Tull Tales, playing on the songs "Nothing Is Easy", "To Cry You a Song", "New Day Yesterday", "Teacher" and "Living in the Past", together with the former Tull members Clive Bunker, Mick Abrahams and Dave Pegg, together with John Wetton, Glenn Hughes, Robby Steinhardt, Wolfstone and Keith Emerson.[11]

In the early 2000s two live Wild Turkey albums were released, Final Performance (2000) and Live In Edinburgh (2001) and in 2006 the fourth studio album, You and Me in the Jungle, was recorded by Cornick, Pickford-Hopkins, Dyche and Gurl, who had all appeared on earlier albums. They were joined by Graham Williams (ex-Racing Cars) (guitar), John "Pugwash" Weathers (percussion) and Clive Bunker (ex-Jethro Tull) (drums) all of whom had played with Cornick in the past.[12]

Death[edit]

Cornick died in Hilo, Hawaii, on 28 August 2014 due to congestive heart failure.[13][14]

His death was noticed in specialized media, such as the ProgMagazine[15] and Rolling Stone.[16] Jethro Tull band-mate Ian Anderson paid tribute on the band's website.[17] Martin Barre also lamented the death of his friend.[18]

Discography[edit]

With Jethro Tull[edit]

With Wild Turkey[edit]

  • Battle Hymn (1971)
  • Turkey (1972)
  • Don't Dare To Forget (1974) (three new tracks on a four-disc sampler)
  • Stealer of Years (1996)
  • Final Performance (2000)
  • Live In Edinburgh (2001)
  • You & Me in the Jungle (2006)

With Karthago[edit]

  • Rock 'N' Roll Testament (1975) Bellaphon 288-09-036

With Paris[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fricke's Picks Radio: Remembering Jethro Tull's Glenn Cornick". Rolling Stone. 
  2. ^ "Glenn Cornick". The Official Jethro Tull Website. Archived from the original on 15 August 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2007. 
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GObmgmmjrts
  4. ^ Jethro Tull Biography at Marquee Club Retrieved 14 September 2014
  5. ^ Remembering Jethro Tulls Glenn Cornick at Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 September 2014
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GObmgmmjrts
  7. ^ http://jethrotull.com/the-attic/past-band-members-and-guests/glenn-cornick/
  8. ^ http://jethrotull.com/glenn-cornick-290814/
  9. ^ "Glenn Cornick's Complete Discography". proboards.com. 
  10. ^ "Battle Hymn - Wild Turkey | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Jethro Tull Tribute". Magnacarta.net. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Cornick, Glenn. "credits for You & Me in the Jungle". cornick.org. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Former Jethro Tull Bass Player Glenn Cornick Dies". Billboard. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Bussewitz, Cathy (29 August 2014). "Former Jethro Tull bass player Glenn Cornick dies". Miami Herald. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Jethro Tull’s Cornick dead at 67". Prog. 
  16. ^ "Glenn Cornick, Original Jethro Tull Bassist, Dead at 67". Rolling Stone. 
  17. ^ "Glenn Cornick: musician. April 23rd 1947 – August 29th 2014". Jethrotull.com. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  18. ^ Jim Clash (30 August 2014). "Martin Barre Recalls Jethro Tull Years With The Late Glenn Cornick, Aqualung". Forbes. 

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