The bass player passed away on Thursday (August 28th) at his home in Hilo, Hawaii.
Glenn Cornick, the original bass player for Jethro Tull, has passed from congestive heart failure, his son Drew has confirmed. The former bassist was 67 years old and was said to have been recieving hospice care at the time of his death.
Cornick was the progressive rock band’s original bassist, playing with the group from 1967 until 1970. After the release of the band’s third album Benefit Cornick decide to leave and form his own group, Wild Turkey. After Wild Turkey ended he would go on to play with, German band Karthago, and Paris which he formed with former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch.
Drew Corrick described his father as "brilliant and cantankerous until the day he passed away". In addition to Drew, Cornick is survived by his wife, Brigitte Martinez-Cornick, a daughter, Molly Cornick; and another son, Alex Cornick.
Speaking on Jethro Tull’s Facebook page, vocalist Ian Anderson said he would miss Cornick hugely, writing, “Glenn was a man of great bonhomie and ready to befriend anyone – especially fellow musicians. Always cheerful, he brought to the early stage performances of Tull a lively bravado both as a personality and a musician.”
Anderson also spoke of Cornick's musicianship saying, "His background in the beat groups of the North of England and his broad knowledge of music were always helpful in establishing the arrangements of the early Tull. "
The singer also added, "During the many years since then, Glenn continued to play in various bands and was a frequent guest at Tull fan conventions where he would join in with gusto to rekindle the musical moments of the early repertoire."