Glenn Cornick (Jethro Tull)

Courtesy of Jethro Tull Dot Com

He was a founding member of one of the most innovative and influential rock ensembles of any generation: Jethro Tull.


The first in a long line of bassists who worked under the auspices of Ian Anderson; Glenn Cornick anchored Tull’s most enduring early collections: This Was (1968), Stand Up (1969), and Benefit (1970).


Judging from the photographs that have been published over the years, Glenn utilized a wide array of basses, ranging from a battered graffiti laden reverse neck ’62 Fender Jazz to various Gibson instruments (Thunderbird, EB-3). Regardless of his tools, Glenn’s phrasing and approach afforded him instant recognition as his lines were simultaneously supportive and melodic.


The rhythm section of Glenn and drummer Clive Bunker were the driving force beneath Tull’s signature meld of blues, jazz and progressive – these cats could swing and rock at the same time.


Glenn Cornick with Jethro Tull

Dig Glenn on “Bouree”

Dig Tony Senatore’s three instructional “Bouree” Videos :


Explanation of Jethro Tull’s “Bouree”

Working on “Bouree”

Dig Glenn on “Back to the Family”

Dig Glenn’s glissandos on “Teacher”

Dig Glenn on “My Sunday Feeling”

Dig Tony Senatore’s rendition of “Inside”



Following Glenn’s departure from Tull, which was never fully explained, Cornick formed Wild Turkey with guitarists John Blackmore, Graham Williams, vocalist Gary Pickford, and drummer John Weathers.



Dig Glenn with Wild Turkey on their debut slab, aptly titled Wild Turkey – waxed in 1972


Despite critical acclaim Wild Turkey folded after two releases, and Glenn entered into a collaboration dubbed Paris with ex-Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch and former Nazz drummer Thom Mooney, and later, Hunt Sales.


Once again, despite critical acclaim, Cornick’s ensembled folded after two slabs.


Dig Glenn with Paris “Pale Horse Pale Rider”


In his later years, Glenn -whom Anderson noted was the only member of Jethro Tull who maintained his signature appearance as he aged – worked in assorted Jethro Tull repertory ensembles with his former bandmates, participated in a Tull reunion with Anderson, and also reunited on occasion with his Wild Turkey band, in addition to other musical projects. Cornick passed in 2014.


Dig Ian Anderson’s tribute to Glenn Cornick, courtesy of Drew Cornick