Glenn Cornick

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Glenn Cornick
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Background information
Birth nameGlenn Douglas Barnard Cornick
Born(1947-04-23)23 April 1947
Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England
Died28 August 2014(2014-08-28) (aged 67)
Hilo, Hawaii, United States
GenresRock, blues rock
Instrument(s)Bass guitar
Years active1962–1977, 1996–2014

Glenn Douglas Barnard Cornick (23 April 1947 – 28 August 2014) was an English bass guitarist, best known as the original bassist for the British rock band Jethro Tull from 1967 to 1970. 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 he played with was "The Executives", a group that played 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 remarkable 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. He was fired from the band, mainly because his lifestyle was more inclined to partying than the other band members.[3][6][7]

Wild Turkey[edit]

After leaving Jethro Tull, Cornick played as a session musician for Leigh Stephens on his 1971 album And a Cast of Thousands.[8] In the same year, he formed Wild Turkey, initially with: Graham Williams (guitar), Alan 'Tweke' Lewis (guitar), John "Pugwash" Weathers (ex-Pete Brown & Piblokto! and Gentle Giant) on 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.[9] The band released a second album, Turkey, before splitting up.[10]

Karthago and Paris[edit]

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 former Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker, all of whom had played with Cornick in the past.[12]


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

His death was widely reported in the media [15] and specialist publications like the Prog Magazine[16] and Rolling Stone.[17] Jethro Tull bandmate Ian Anderson paid tribute on the band's website.[18] Martin Barre also lamented the death of his friend.[19]


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]


  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. ^ a b "Ian Anderson: Remembering Glenn Cornick". YouTube. 6 September 2014. Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  4. ^ Jethro Tull Biography at Marquee Club Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 14 September 2014
  5. ^ Remembering Jethro Tull's Glenn Cornick at Rolling Stone Archived 3 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 14 September 2014
  6. ^ "Glenn Cornick". Jethro Tull. 24 April 1947. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Glenn Cornick: April 23rd 1947 – August 29th 2014". Jethro Tull. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Glenn Cornick's Complete Discography".
  9. ^ "Battle Hymn - Wild Turkey | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Wild Turkey - Turkey". Discogs. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Jethro Tull Tribute". Archived from the original on 18 April 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  12. ^ Cornick, Glenn. "credits for You & Me in the Jungle". Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. 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. ^ "Glenn Cornick Obituary". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Jethro Tull's Cornick dead at 67". Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Glenn Cornick, Original Jethro Tull Bassist, Dead at 67". Rolling Stone.
  18. ^ "Glenn Cornick: musician. April 23rd 1947 – August 29th 2014". Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  19. ^ Jim Clash (30 August 2014). "Martin Barre Recalls Jethro Tull Years With The Late Glenn Cornick, Aqualung". Forbes.

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