Chance to share your Jethro Tull memories

Jethro Tull during the 80s, after 20 years in the business.'From Gazette library archives
Jethro Tull during the 80s, after 20 years in the business.'From Gazette library archives
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A gang of music fans is hoping there might be some Blackpool residents Living In The Past who could help them.

The Jethro Tull Group – keen fans of the British progressive rock band – wants to hear about people’s memories of Jethro Tull from back in the day.

The group, which operates a number of fan-based websites, is putting together a new book on the history of the band, from their very early formative years in Blackpool, to the current 2014 line-up and touring shows.

It is made up of Erin Ward from New York, Pat Kent from London, Charles Kenney, from Boston and Steve Gugerty, from Los Angeles.

The three Americans, who have been fans of Jethro Tull for years, spent decades collecting photos, information, recordings and video and decided they wanted to produce a book yet to be done in the way they – as fans – would like to see on their own bookshelves.

They met Pat, 58, through the internet and established a ‘virtual’ friendship.

Earlier this year, Pat was in discussion with a publisher to produce what could become the Big Book of Tull, and the four men got together to form The Jethro Tull Group, to work on the project.

Pat – who discovered Jethro Tull in his teenage years, in around 1969, when the sister of a friend gave him several singles to start his record collection – said: “We are now looking for anyone who knew the band in their early years, when they played as Jethro Tull, knew any of the Jethro Tull band members, or were part of Tull.

“We would also like contact anyone who was part of or saw any of the formative bands from around Blackpool which formed part of Jethro Tull’s early history: bands like The Blades, Johnny Breeze and The Atlantics, and The John Evan Band.

“We would love to hear from former fans or musicians who were around Blackpool and the bands in those early days, in particular anyone who wants to share their stories or photographs of those times.”

Tull frontman Ian Anderson was born in Scotland, but moved to the Fylde coast as a teen and went to Blackpool Grammar School. He lived in St Annes during his formative years, when he studied fine art at college, before trying his hand at music. Four years ago, the flautist returned to Blackpool to unveil a plaque in the resort to mark the band’s massive achievements. The plaque was placed at Holy Trinity Church Hall, North Shore, where Anderson’s first band The Blades – who eventually formed Jethro Tull – had their debut gig.

Anyone who can help The Jethro Tull Group can email admin@jethrotullgroup.com or, for more information, visit www.jethrotullgroup.com