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5. Jethro Tull

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With our top selection of Rush, we mentioned the lack of Progressive Rock acts in the Hall. The bulk of that genre originated in the United Kingdom and 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.

Jethro Tull


The Bullet Points:



Previous Rank:

2010: #12


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! - 62.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 20.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 11.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.7%
Last modified on Saturday, 01 February 2014 12:32


+6 #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.
+1 #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.
+1 #13 Bruce 2014-10-10 01:08
The exclusion of Jethro Tull undercuts the legitimacy of the so-called hall of fame.

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