By Tony Sokol
Glenn Cornick, the original bass player in the prog-rock band Jethro Tull, died on Thursday, Aug. 28. He was 67. Cornick's son Drew said his father was receiving hospice care but died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii.
In a statement on the Jethro Tull website, Ian Anderson wrote:
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.
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 Bridgette and children.
Glenn Cornick: musician. April 23rd 1947 – August 29th 2014.
Ian Anderson 19.30 August 29th 2014
Glenn Douglas Barnard Cornick was born in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England on April 23, 1947.
Jinx Dawson, who founded the band Coven, with whom Cornick recorded, remembered Glenn Cornick to Daily Offbeat “as a true prankster..Though a serious musician, he always found ways to keep everyone thoroughly amused with his many thought-out pranks…And I shall miss his curry. He was a fabulous amateur chef. Glenn was a true Renaissance man. Safe voyage Dear Prince.”
Before Jethro Tull, Cornick played bass in Jailbreakers, The Vikings, Formula One, The Hobos and The Executives. Along with most members of Jethro Tull, Cornick played bass in John Evan’s Smash along with pianist John Evans, drummer Barrie Barlow, guitarists Ian Anderson and Mike Stevens. Cornick replaced bassist Jeffrey Hammond, who would later replace Cornick in Jethro Tull.
When Ian Anderson put together Jethro Tull, Cornick was in the starting lineup along with guitarist Mick Abrahams and drummer Clive Bunker, joining in 1968 and playing on the albums This Was, Stand Up and Benefit. A true lover of life on the road, Cornick and Jethro Tull parted ways in 1970.
In 1971, Cornick formed his own band, Wild Turkey, pulling in Eyes of Blue vocalist Gary Pickford-Hopkins, guitarists Graham Williams and Alan Tweke Lewis and drummer John “Pugwash” Weathers. By the time Wild Turkey’s first album, Battle Hymn came out. Weathers and Williams moved to the Graham Bond’s Magick and Weathers joined Gentle Giant. They were replaced by Jeff Jones on drums and Jon Blackmore on guitar and vocals. Wild Turkey broke up in June 1974.
Cornick played in the German band Karthago and the band Paris with Bob Welch. He reformed Wild Turkey in the 1990s. In 1996, Cornick participated in the Jethro Tull tribute “To Cry You A Song – A collection of Tull Tales.” Wild Turkey released two live albums in the 2000s, the second one with Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker.
In 2007, Cornick joined three of the original members of the band Coven for the CD, Metal Goth Queen along with other guest musicians on Michael Monarch of Steppenwolf and Tommy Bolin of Deep Purple.
Corick is survived by his wife, Brigitte Martinez-Cornick of Hilo, his daughter, Molly Cornick and sons Derek and Alex Cornick.
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