Happy Birthday Glenn Douglas Barnard Cornick – born April 23, 1947

Glenn Douglas Barnard Cornick – born April 23, 1947 – August 28, 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”.

Jethro Tull

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.


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

His death was noticed in specialized media, such as the ProgMagazine and Rolling Stone. Jethro Tull bandmate Ian Anderson paid tribute on the band’s website. Martin Barre also lamented the death of his friend.

See his complete bio here.

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