Jethro Tull are a British rock group formed in 1967. Their music is characterised by the songs, vocals and flute work of Ian Anderson, who has led the band since its founding, and guitarist Martin Barre, who has been with the band since 1969.
Initially playing blues rock with an experimental flavour, they incorporated elements of classical, folk and 'ethnic' musics, jazz and art rock into their music.
The band have sold more than 60 million albums worldwide.
Ian Anderson's first band, started in 1962 in Blackpool, were known as The Blades. By 1964, they had developed into a seven-piece white soul band called The John Evan Band (later The John Evan Smash), named after pianist/drummer John Evan. At this point, future Jethro Tull drummer Barriemore Barlow was a member.
In 1967 the band moved to the London area in search of more bookings, basing themselves in nearby Luton. They also travelled to Liverpool. However, money remained short and within days of the move most of the band quit and headed back north, leaving Anderson and bassist Glenn Cornick to join forces with blues guitarist Mick Abrahams and his friend, drummer Clive Bunker, both from the Luton-based band McGregor's Engine. At first, the new band had trouble getting repeat bookings and they took to changing their name frequently to continue playing the London club circuit. Band names were often supplied by their booking agents' staff, one of whom, a history enthusiast, eventually christened them "Jethro Tull" after the 18th-century agriculturist. The name stuck because they were using it the first time a club manager liked their show enough to invite them to return. They were signed to the blossoming Ellis-Wright agency, and became the third band managed by the soon-to-be Chrysalis empire.
* This Was (1968)
* Stand Up (1969)
* Benefit (1970)
* Aqualung (1971)
* Thick as a Brick (1972)
* A Passion Play (1973)
* War Child (1974)
* Minstrel in the Gallery (1975)
* Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! (1976)
* Songs from the Wood (1977)
* Heavy Horses (1978)
* Stormwatch (1979)
* A (1980)
* The Broadsword and the Beast (1982)
* Under Wraps (1984)
* Crest of a Knave (1987)
* Rock Island (1989)
* Catfish Rising (1991)
* Roots to Branches (1995)
* J-Tull Dot Com (1999)
* The Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2003)