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4. Jethro Tull

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For years there has been a lack of Progressive Rock acts in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The bulk of that genre originated in the United Kingdomand it is there where we make our next selection, Jethro Tull. However, like many other British Progressive Rock bands they are on the outside looking in.

Incorporating elements of Blues, Folk and Rock (not to mention a flute solo here and there), Jethro Tull had a great run in the early part of the 70’s. Their work in that time frame (Aqualung, Thick as a Brick) was critically revered and commercially successful. This combined with a stellar live act has generated a very loyal following that still exists to this day. Although they forayed into Electronic and harder Rock elements, which produced weaker efforts in the 80’s, their early work was solid and difficult to ignore. Should Progressive Rock get another look from the Hall, Jethro Tull is a viable contender to get in.

The Bullet Points:

Previous Rank:
2010: #12
2011: #10
2012: #9
2013: #7
2014: #5

Eligible Since:

Country of Origin:
United Kingdom (Blackpool, England)

Why They Will Get In:
They have a solid fan base and they were certainly unique.

Why They Won’t Get In:
Progressive Rock remains ignored by the Hall.

Nominated In:


Essential Albums:
Aqualung (1971)
Thick as a Brick (1972)
War Child (1974)
Songs from the Wood (1977)

Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the
NIHOF Committee:
Aqualung (From Aqualung, 1971)
Locomotive Breath (From Aqualung, 1971)
Hymn 43 (From Aqualung, 1971)
Teacher (From Living in the Past, 1972)
Bungle in the Jungle (From War Child, 1974)

Should Jethro Tull be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 65.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 19.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.9%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.3%

Last modified on Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:34


+8 #11 Darry Ruiter 2013-10-18 20:58
While I agree that Jethro Tull should be in, I have a problem with the poll. The first option says "Definitely put him in!"
Jethro Tull is not a "him"....it's the name of the band.
+3 #12 Carl Hardy 2014-06-30 12:25
Jethro Tull is one of the most innovative bands in the history of Rock & Roll. Yes, Progressive Rock & Roll, but a great mixture of rock, classic, and a bit of whimsical fun that made them a pleasure to listen to. It is a shame again that Progressive Rock (other than Rush, Pink Floyd,) is getting the snub. They along with Yes and the Moody Blues need to stand with Jethro Tull as members. Until this happens I along with a lot of Progressive Rock enthusiasts will never fully suppor this organization.
+4 #13 Bruce 2014-10-10 01:08
The exclusion of Jethro Tull undercuts the legitimacy of the so-called hall of fame.
+1 #14 OldManintheWoods 2014-12-12 18:59
Hmmmm... we'll put Dr. John in the hall of fame, but not Tull? Madonna? Did Michael Jackson even make anything rock-oriented? What a sham the rock hall of fame has turned out to be. And don't even get me started on Deep Purple and Iron Maiden. What a crock of crap....
0 #15 DMCesq 2014-12-17 07:37
Tull's exclusion speaks to the prejudices of the small-minded people who make the selections.

BTW, you list among prominent songs "Teacher" and indicate that it appears on the Living in the Past album. While it does, in fact appear on LitP, it was originally on Benefit. LitP is an album mostly of previously released pieces which do NOT appear on an album (some were on British EPs, some were just singles" as well as 1 song from each of the band's 4 pre-Thick as a Brick releases. Teacher was the song from Benefit.

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