When One of the Best Prog-Rock Bands Goes Classical

 Progressive rock innovators Jethro Tull have always been known to go beyond the normalcies of music and experiment with new sounds and concepts. In fact, their biggest hit record Thick As a Brick was developed as a joke against the fanatical nature of some progressive bands that tell whimsical stories and act out theatrical stage shows. The album was such a hit that the band got labeled as the best progressive rock band of their time. Now, about 50 years later, lead singer and exceptional flautist Ian Anderson continues to tour under the Jethro Tull name and plays some of the most well-known songs of the 70s. In 2017, Anderson released Jethro Tull – The String Quartets, an album of all Jethro Tull songs played with the Carducci String Quartet. This is a great, more relaxed version of the classic hits we all love!


 Born This Week in Rock History

4/9/1932 – Carl Perkins (Rock and Roll Singer-Songwriter)
4/9/1945 – Steve Gadd (jazz drummer)

4/10/1947 – Bunny Livingston (Percussion, Bob Marley & The Wailers)
4/10/1959 – Brian Setzer (singer/guitarist. Stray Cats)

4/11/1987 – Joss Stone (Soul Singer)

4/12/1915 – Hound Dog Taylor (pivotal blues musician)

4/12/1921 – Shakey Jake Harris (Blues Singer/Harp player)

4/12/1940 – Herbie Hancock (Jazz Pianist)

4/12/1944 – John Kay (Lead Vocals & Guitar, Steppenwolf)
4/13/1944 – Jack Casady (Bass, Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna)
4/13/1945 – Lowell George (guitarist/singer, Little Feat)

4/13/1946 – Al Green (Soul Singer-Songwriter)
4/14/1945 – Ritchie Blackmore (Guitar, Deep Purple)

4/15/1894 – Bessie Smith (Pivotal early blues singer)

4/15/1948 – Phil Mogg (singer, UFO) 


Died This Week in Roc History

4/9/1988 – Dave Prater (Vocals, Sam and Dave)
4/10/1958 – Chuck Willis (Blues Singer-Songwriter)
4/11/2017 – J. Geils (guitar, J. Geils Band)

4/13/2005 – Johnnie Johnson (Blues and Rock and Roll Pianist)

4/15/2001 – Joey Ramone (singer, The Ramones) 

4/15/2017 – Allan Holdsworth (jazz fusion guitarist)


Music Releases and Top of the Charts:

4/9/1979 – Supertramp’s Breakfast in America is certified Gold

4/9/1983 – David Bowie hits #1 with “Let’s Dance” featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan

4/10/1973 – Led Zeppelin’s LP Houses Of The Holy is certified gold
4/10/1976 – Peter Frampton hits #1 with Frampton Comes Alive
4/11/1970 – The Beatles’ “Let It Be” hits #1

4/12/1954 – Big Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle, And Roll” was released
4/13/1963 – The Beach Boys, “Surfin’ USA” was released
4/13/1974 – Elton John’s “Bennie And The Jets” hits #1
4/13/1974 – Paul McCartney and Wings’ LP Band On The Run hits #1
4/15/2017 – Jethro Tull appears at #1 on the Classical Albums chart!
This Week in Rock History: 

4/9/1966 –  During a Yardbirds show in Marseilles, France, guitarist Jeff Beck collapses from exhaustion; eleven years later to the day, his former bandmate Jimmy Page causes the end of a Led Zeppelin gig in Chicago when he’s struck down by stomach cramps. No record of former Yardbird Eric Clapton’s having a show-ending medical problem on April 9th.

4/9/1967 –  The Doors play before their first large crowd when they appear (along with Jefferson Airplane) in front of 3,000 at a show in Venice, CA. No known complete setlist exists, although Setlist.fm reports that the band played “When the Music’s Over” and “Back Door Man” during the show.

4/9/1973 –  Queen play their first show since being signed, a “showcase” gig at London’s Marquee Club.

4/10/1959- Leo Fender patents the successor to his popular “Telecaster” model of electric guitar, this time called the “Stratocaster.”And isn’t she beeeeyouuuutiful?

4/10/1970 – The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek drags Jim Morrison off the stage after the Diyonisian frontman asks the audience, “Would you like to see my genitals?” The theater management then quickly cut power. No word on the audience’s response.

4/10/1970 – Paul McCartney announces the end of The Beatles. In his statement he said, “I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John.”

4 / 11 / 1961- New York City gets its first introduction to a young folksinger named Bob Dylan when he makes his live Gotham debut at Gerde’s Folk City, opening for John Lee Hooker and performing a new song entitled “Blowin’ In The Wind.” Mr. Dylan would go on to have a nice career.

4/11/1968 – Janis Joplin makes her television debut when Big Brother and the Holding Company perform on ABC-TV’s variety show Hollywood Palace.

4/12/1961 – At tonight’s Grammy ceremonies, Ray Charles takes home four awards, including a Best Male Vocal for “Georgia On My Mind.”

4/12/1973 – Stevie Wonder becomes one of the first rock stars to appear on PBS-TV’s Sesame Street.

4/14/1970 – Creedence Clearwater Revival makes their live UK debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall.


Patrick Ortiz