Very many band names have a history, and Jethro Tull is no exception. Jethro Tull was formed in Luton, England in 1967, but with roots from Blackpool in the early 1960s. The band was early inspired by the British blues, and later became more important in progressive rock. The band was officially disbanded in 2014 after they had not released a studio album since 2003, and had not toured since 2011.
The band is named after an agronomist and inventor of a seed drill. It was one of several bands considered, but that was the name they had when they broke through. The band has had many changes, but throughout all the incarnations, Scottish Ian Anderson has been central. Martin Barre, from Birmingham, was also involved from an early age. Today we will talk a little about the agronomist Jethro Tull.
Tull was probably born in Basildon, Berkshire, to Jethro Tull, Sr, and his wife Dorothy, née Buckeridge. He was baptised there on 30 March 1674. He grew up in Bradfield, Berkshire and matriculated at St John’s College, Oxford, at the age of 17. He trained for the legal profession, but appears not to have taken a degree. He became a member of Staple Inn, and was called to the bar on 11 December 1693 by the benchers of Gray’s Inn.
Tull married Susanna Smith of Burton Dassett, Warwickshire. They settled on his father’s farm at Howberry, near Crowmarsh Gifford, Oxfordshire, where they had one son and two daughters.
Soon after his call to the bar, Tull became ill with a pulmonary disorder and travelled to Europe in search of a cure. He was for a considerable period at Montpellier in the south of France. During his tour, Tull carefully compared the agriculture of France and Italy with that of his own country, and omitted no occasion to observe and note everything which supported his own views and discoveries. On more than one occasion, he alluded in his work to the similarity of his own horse-hoe husbandry to the practice followed by the vine-dressers of the south of Europe in constantly hoeing or otherwise stirring their ground. Finding that they did not approve of dunging their vineyards, Tull readily adduced the fact in favour of his own favourite theory: that manuring soil is an unnecessary operation.Returning to England, in 1709 he took into his own hands the farm called Prosperous, at Shalbourne (then in Berkshire, now in Wiltshire). Here, resuming the agricultural efforts he had commenced earlier, he wrote his Horse-hoeing Husbandry (1731).
At a later period (1730–1740), Tull devoted all his energies to promote the introduction of this machine,”more especially as it admitted the use of the hoe.
Tull died on 21 February 1741 at Prosperous Farm and is buried in the churchyard of St Bartholomew’s, Lower Basildon, Berkshire, where he had been baptised. His modern gravestone bears the burial date 9 March 1740 using the Old Style calendar, which is equivalent to the modern date 20 March 1741.
In his travels, Tull found himself seeking more knowledge of agriculture. Influenced by the early Age of Enlightenment, he is considered to be one of the early proponents of a scientific – and especially empirical – approach to agriculture. He helped transform agricultural practices by inventing or improving numerous implements.
Tull made early advances in planting crops with his seed drill (1701) – a mechanical seeder that sowed efficiently at the correct depth and spacing and then covered the seed so that it could grow. Before the introduction of the seed drill, the common practice was to plant seeds by broadcasting (evenly throwing) them across the ground by hand on the prepared soil and then lightly harrowing the soil to bury the seeds to the correct depth.
In his 1731 publication, Tull described how the motivation for developing the seed-drill arose from conflict with his servants. He had struggled to enforce his new methods upon them, in part because they resisted the threat to their position as labourers and their skill with the plough.
The band Jethro Tull have a lot has been written about over the years. That the band Jethro Tull has extremely many fans is a fact, and I have listened to the music since I was very young.
Actyally some time ago it was announced that the first ever official book about Jethro Tull was to be published by Rocket 88. Entitled The Ballad Of Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson confirms it’ll contain a disc of new material. Official Jethro Tull book will feature 7-inch single of new material.
The book has been written by Mark Blake and is being overseen by Ian Anderson, who has collaborated with members and former members of the band to complete the publication.
The A-side will contain a narrative poem written and read by Anderson called The Ballad Of Jethro Tull and it’ll be accompanied by a unique and original mix of classic Tull music. The B-side features Anderson reading Walter Scott’s 1808 poem Marmion, with musical backing composed and played by John O’Hara on a cathedral organ.
It will feature memories, personal photos, and memorabilia, classic and previously unseen live photography, behind-the-scenes snaps, original press cuttings and album art. Two editions were announced: The Classic version and the limited edition Signature Edition, which will be limited to just 500 copies.
The Signature Edition will be presented in a box containing two prints specially commissioned for the book by artist Pete Klucik, who also created the cover design. Each will also be autographed by Anderson. The Classic Edition, meanwhile, will come with a download code for both of the new recordings.
Speaking previously about The Ballad Of Jethro Tull, Anderson said: «It’s been on my mind to find an effective way of telling the Jethro Tull story and as we celebrate – in slight disbelief – our 50th anniversary». «Now seems as good a time as any to draw on the recollections of the very many musicians who played a part in Jethro Tull. Some guys are sadly no longer with us and others will be hard to reach but this project will seek to provide the definitive Jethro Tull story, as told by Jethro Tull».
This flute-dominated instrumental Bourée, based on Bach’s Suite in E Minor for Lute, was a track on Jethro Tull’s excellent Stand Up (1969). Personnel: Ian Anderson (flute, vocals), Martin Barre (guitars), Glenn Cornick (bass), Clive Bunker (drums). Composer: J.S. Bach (arr. Ian Anderson).
The old but excellent Jethro Tull track Living In The Past. Living In The Past, was a bonus track on Jethro Tull’s Stand Up. Originally a single and had an album named after it.
Jethro Tull is one of the old bands that has always been there! There is of course a truth with modifications, but the precursor to Jethro Tull originated in Blackpool in England in 1963. Then it was so well-known Ian Anderson who started a band called Blades. Two years later the name became The John Evan Band, then The John Evan Smash. In time, Jethro Tull was moved to London, and now the name changed. First out was The Toggery Five, then McGrenor`s Engine, Ian Hendersom’s Bag Of Blues, Candy Colored Rain and Navy Blue. Eventually in 1968 it became Jethro Tull.
Ian Anderson personal interests, Wild exotic small kitties and chili peppers. Preferably separate. Avoiding saxophones.
1968 – This Was
1969 – Stand Up
1970 – Benefit
1971 – Aqualung
1972 – Thick as a Brick
1973 – A Passion Play
1974 – War Child
1975 – Minstrel in the Gallery
1976 – Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young to Die!
1977 – Songs from the Wood
1978 – Heavy Horses
1979 – Stormwatch
1980 – A
1982 – Broadsword and the Beast
1984 – Under Wraps
1985 – A Classic Case
1987 – Crest of a Knave
1989 – Rock Island
1991 – Catfish Rising
1995 – Roots to Branches
1999 – J-Tull Dot Com
2003 – The Jethro Tull Christmas Album