Happy Birthday IAN ANDERSON! Listen To Ian's TOP 3 Jethro Tull Songs.
Ian Anderson, known throughout the world of rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull, celebrates his 69th birthday and 48th year as an international recording and performing musician.
Ian was born on August 10, 1947 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.
Jethro Tull formed in 1968 out of the amalgamation of the John Evan Band and McGregor’s Engine, two blues-based local UK groups.
After a lengthy career, Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull have released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies since the band first performed at London’s famous Marquee Club in February 1968.
After undertaking more than 3000 concerts in 40 countries throughout four decades, he has typically played 100-plus concerts each year to longstanding, as well as new fans worldwide. Widely recognized as the man who introduced the flute to rock music, Ian Anderson remains the crowned exponent of the popular and rock genres of flute playing.
Ian Anderson's TOP 3 Jethro Tull Songs in his own words
Songs From The Wood (1977)
"This, the title song of our 1977 album, was unashamedly twee. It's decorative folk rock. It openly extols the virtues of the countryside, and the values you want to impart through this to other people. I suppose it is country rock, but in the British sense. It's all delivered with a fair amount of hefty music. There are big guitar riffs and a lot of flute as well. And it does get a little angry, but with a purpose."
Heavy Horses (1978)
"The title track of the 1978 album. It's about social realism, which is what a lot of my songs are about. I enjoy being observational, but also welcoming you into this world. Usually, I stick to subjects I know something about, although I have been known sometimes to stray into territory that's a little more unknown. But on this occasion I was sticking to my feelings about the changing world. The music was very much pastoral and British. It must have seemed like deeply unfashionable folk rock at the time, coming as it did towards the end of the punk era, and just before the next big thing happened, which was synth pop."
Farm On The Freeway (1987)
"That's from 'Crest Of A Knave', which won the Grammy in 1988 for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, even though it's neither a hard rock nor a metal album! This song is about the change in land usage, and the way in which farms, which have been in families for generations, are being lost, as they are being bought up to build freeways, airports and shopping malls. It's not specifically about the situation in America, and I did think of calling it 'Farm On The Motorway'. But somehow that didn't have the same ring to it! "