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Jethro Tull Biography


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Birth Place: Blackpool and Luton, England
Years Active: 1967–present
Genres: Progressive Rock, Folk Rock, Hard Rock, Jazz Rock


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

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

The band has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide in a career that has spanned five decades.

They are best known for their 1971 album “Aqualung” which has sold over 7 million units worldwide, and is thus Jethro Tull's best-selling album. In April 1971, “Aqualung” peaked at number 4 on the UK Album Chart and 26 years later it almost cracked the Top 50. It peaked at #7 on the Billboard North American pop albums chart and was Jethro Tull's first US Top 10 album.