Music Diary – 17th November

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 17th November!

Martin Barre & John Glascock (Jethro Tull)

Martin Barre & John Glascock (Jethro Tull – 1978)

On the 17th November two remarkable things happened, which are connected to the British Rock band Jethro Tull:

In 1946 guitarist Martin Lancelot Barre was born in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Barre joined Jethro Tull in 1969 after the departing of Mick Abrahams and his first recordings with Ian Anderson & Co. can be heard on the second Tull album „Stand Up“ (1969). Martin Barre was the long time member in the line-up beside singer, flute player and acoustic guitarist Ian Anderson. He left Jethro Tull in 2011 and concentrated on his solo works.

Barre’s signature solo on the 1971 Jethro Tull standard „Aqualung“ is still considered as one of the most outstanding guitar solos. It was voted by the readers of „Guitar Player“ magazine as one of the top rock guitar solos of all time.


And on the 17th November 1979, John Glascock, the bass player for Jethro Tull from 1976 until 1979, died at the age of only 28 years. Glascock suffered a congenital heart valve defect, which was worsened by an infection caused by an abscessed tooth. Before joining Jethro Tull to replace Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond on bass, Glascock was a member of the Blues band Chicken Shack and later of the progressive Rock band Carmen. Ritchie Blackmore mentioned John’s fantastic skills in an interview with „Guitar Player“ in September 1978; „John Glascock is a brilliant bass player, the best in the business in rock.“ John Glascock’s playing can be heard on the Tull albums „Too old to Rock’n’Roll: Too young to die!“ (1976), „Songs from the Wood“ (1977), „Heavy Horses„, the live album „Bursting Out“ (both 1978) and some parts on „Stormwatch“ (1979).

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Music Diary – 28th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 28th September!

Paul Burgess (2010)

Paul Burgess (2010)

On the 28th September 1950 the drummer Paul Burgess was born in Manchester, England. He worked mainly for the band 10cc in the seventies. Their biggest hit was „I’m not in Love“ – the single went No. 1 in the UK and No. 2 in the US (1975).


Burgess played with 10cc from 1973 until 1980 and joined again in 1983. In the same year the band called it a day. In 1982 Paul Burgess was a briefly member of Jethro Tull. He replaced Gerry Conway for the „Broadsword and the Beast“ tour from August 1982 until October 1982 (UK and USA).

After that Burgess became a member of Camel until the breakup in 1985 and then he worked as a session musician for different groups (Magna Carta, The Icicle Works). In 1985 he returned to Jethro Tull for the orchestral album „A Classic Case„. And his drumming can also be heard on the CD „Spirit Flying Free“ (1997) by John Carter and longtime Tull guitarist Martin Barre. In 2013 Paul Burgess joined the Midnite Johnny Band.

Buy recommendations (Europe/Germany):                 Buy recommendations (USA):10cc - The Very Best Of   Jethro Tull - A Classic Case (1985)                          10cc - The Very Best Of   Jethro Tull - A Classic Case (1985)