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Tull at Christmas: Birthday Card at Christmas

I neglected Tull last Christmas. Must have been busy.

Time to make up for it.

Tull’s main man, Ian Anderson, vocalist, flautist, guitarist, pianist, song-writer, was inspired to write this song as his daughter has a birthday close to Christmas (as do I.) It seemed appropriate, then.

Jethro Tull: Birthday Card at Christmas

Glenn Cornick

I just read today of the death of Glenn Cornick, first bassist for Jethro Tull. This was at the time when the band had a very bluesy sound.

At first I thought of marking his passing with Driving Song, the B-side of the Living in the Past single, but its last line isn’t very appropriate in this context.

Instead I’ve chosen Tull’s first – albeit minor – hit.

Love Story was the first time I’d heard Tull – it wasn’t till a few years later and the Living in the Past compilation LP that I realised there had been two singles before this; their first was credited erroneously as by Jethro Toe!

Jethro Tull: Love Story

Glenn Douglas Barnard Cornick: 23/4/1947 – 28/8/2014. So it goes.

Not Friday On My Mind 22: Sweet Dream

The follow up to Living in the Past. As I recall this was a hit at the back end of 1969 and on into 1970. The group’s second single to reach the top ten.

Jethro Tull: Sweet Dream

Tull at Christmas: Another Christmas Song

Another Christmas song from Tull’s Christmas Album (2003) – called …… Another Christmas Song.

Jethro Tull: Another Christmas Song

Live It Up 9: Coronach

Another song that was used in a TV series – written specially for it – was Jethro Tull’s Coronach, the theme tune for a Channel 4 series on British History called Blood of the British. I liked it so much I bought the single. As I recall Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow was the B-side.

Edited to add:- I just found my original embedding was of a video that had been taken down. I’ve swiched it for a new one which shows views of Scotland – starting with St Andrews Cathedral.

Jethro Tull: Coronach

Tull at Christmas: We Five Kings

From their Christmas Album (2003) this is We Three Kings rearranged into 5/4 time and so (apparently also because there are five members of the band) retitled.

Jethro Tull: We Five Kings

One More Christmas Song?

Well Tull at Christmas is almost a tradition here, now, isn’t it?

Jethro Tull: Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow

Not Friday On My Mind 10: Witch’s Promise

This isn’t actually a 60s track as it wasn’t released till 1970. But it feels like one.

Bizarrely there seems to be an extract from Blue Peter at the beginning of this.

However, one of the reasons I’m putting it up is that it features the inventor of bling at the end of the video.

Jethro Tull: Witch’s Promise

Yes. One James Savile esquire.

Friday On My Mind 38: Christmas Song

This partly breaks the rules I set myself for this category in that I’ve already featured Tull.

But it’s that time of year isn’t it?

It’s also by way of responding to Big Rab’s comment on my festive posting last year – Tull’s 1970s seasonal opus Ring Out Solstice Bells.

Jethro Tull: Christmas Song. Original version: a single in 1968.

“Hey. Santa. Pass us that bottle, will ya?”

I like the adaptation of the Aqualung cover, with the tramp being dressed as Father Christmas, on the still for the video.

While browsing You Tube I came across this variorum version of Christmas Song which features only guitar, mandolin and Ian Anderson’s voice. No strings and no request to Santa at the end.

Merry Christmas one and all.

Friday On My Mind 23: Living In The Past

Another single I bought in Bexhill-on-Sea; this one a couple of years after The Happenings.

It was the first big hit for Jethro Tull, coolly if somewhat archaically named after the improver of the seed drill, fronted by a trampish looking guy who sported a codpiece and played the flute while standing on one leg.

Rock and roll?

Apparently the band quickly came to hate this song and didn’t play it on stage for what amounted to decades.

Jethro Tull: Living In The Past

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