Original Jethro Tull Bassist Glenn Cornick Passes Away at 67

Musician found dead of congestive heart failure at his Hawaii home.

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Original Jethro Tull bassist Glenn Cornick has passed away yesterday (August 29) due to a congestive heart failure. He was 67.

According to a series of reports, Cornick was found at his home in Hawaii.

After co-founding Tull in late 1967, Glenn went on to perform on the group's first three efforts, "This Was," "Stand Up," and "Benefit," after which he was "invited to leave" by the band's manager in 1970.

"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," stated frontman Ian Anderson.

"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," the statement concludes.

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    R.I.P. jethro Tull has always been one of my favorite classic rock bands, this sucks to hear one of the founding members died
    A true Hippy and a unique Bass player. He has left us some great songs to remember him by.