Jethro Tull was formed in November 1967 in Blackpool, England. It was formed by two musicians from the insignificant formation The Blades, later renamed The John Evan Smash: vocalist and flutist Ian Anderson and bassist Glenn Cornick, who invited guitarist Mick Abrahams and drummer Clive Bunker to cooperate.
In July 1968, the group performed by Pink Floyd during the first rock festival in London’s Hyde Park, and in November they debuted with the album “This Was”. It has a repertoire modeled on the recordings of blues-rock masters under the sign of John Mayall or Cream. Unfortunately, soon a conflict broke out between Abrahams and other musicians, which ended with the departure of the guitarist. It was the beginning of Jethro Tull’s personnel problems that have not actually left the band to this day.
However, this did not prevent the group from achieving commercial success. The first brought the single “Living In The Past”, which climbed to third place in the UK. The second album “Stand Up” was also well received, which was released in August 1969 – the whole repertoire, except for one song, was composed by Anderson. The album topped the British sales list. This success sealed the next album “Benefit” (1970).
Soon after, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond joined the group. This line-up debuted in 1971 with the album “Aqualung” – the most famous album by Jethro Tull.