Mario Solis‘ Today’s Memory
Glenn Cornick’s birthday
Originally shared by Mario Solis
Glenn Douglas Barnard Cornick (23 April 1947 – 28 August 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”.
Cornick attended Barrow-in-Furness Grammar School for Boys and then moved to Blackpool where he joined a soul band called John Evan Smash 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.
After leaving Jethro Tull, Cornick played as a session musician for Leigh Stephens in his 1971 album And a Cast of Thousands. In the same year, he formed Wild Turkey, initially with: Graham Williams (guitar), Alan ‘Tweke’ Lewis (guitar), John „Pugwash” Weathers (ex-Pete Brown & Piblokto!) (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.