This Day In Music 28.03.2016
John Spencer Evans was born on 28 March 1948, in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. Evans changed his name when his first band, The Blades, including Ian Handerson and Jeffrey Hammond, changed their name to The John Evan Band. In 1970 he played as a session musicians on Tull's Benefit album and was convinced by Anderson to leave school and become a member of the group. Evan composed the memorable piano introduction to Locomotive Breath. The song was recorded in an unusual manner for the time, the entire track was pieced together from overdubs; most of the part were recorded separately. John Evan's piano parts were recorded while other band members was out for lunch.
Whilst with Jethro Tull, Evan had a penchant for wearing his trademark white suit, along with a yellow shirt underneath and a pink-and-yellow tie A painted version of him is seen, wearing the suit and tie, on the inside cover of the Aqualung album. During concerts, Evan's wildly rendered pantomime gestures would conjure visions for audiences of a cross between Harpo Marx and The Hatter from Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. Because of the familiar white suit, Anderson was known to jokingly refer to Evan (during band member introductions) as "everyone's favourite ice cream salesman".
Evan departed Jethro Tull in July 1980. He began doing building work. He has not returned to music since. After many years he appeared in the 2004 DVD Jethro Tull – A New Day Yesterday: The 25th Anniversary Collection (1969–1994) (originally released in 1994 on VHS), the 2008 DVD Jethro Tull – Their Fully Authorised Story (1968–2008), and the 2009 CD/DVD combo Jethro Tull – Live at Madison Square Garden (1978).