Jethro Tull (band)

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Jethro Tull are a British rock group formed in 1967.[1] Their music is characterised by the lyrics, vocals and flute playing of Ian Anderson, who has led the band since its founding, and the guitar work of Martin Barre, who has been with the band since 1969.

Initially playing blues rock with an experimental flavour, they have also incorporated elements of classical music, folk music, jazz and art rock into their music.

One of the world's best-selling music artists, the band has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide[1] in a career that has spanned five decades.



1962–68: origins

Ian Anderson's first band, started in 1962 in Blackpool, was known as The Blades, and featured Anderson on vocals and harmonica, Jeffrey Hammond on bass, John Evans on drums, and a guitarist named either Hipgrave or Michael Stephans.[2] Drummer Barrie Barlow became a member in 1963 after Evans had switched from drums to piano.[3] By 1964 the band had developed into a seven-piece Blue-eyed soul band called The John Evan Band (later The John Evan Smash). By this point Evans had shortened his surname to "Evan" at the insistence of Hammond, who thought it sounded better and more unusual.

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