Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1943: Ronnie Spector is born.
1947: Ian Anderson — lead vocalist and flautist for Jethro Tull — is born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. After attending primary school in Edinburgh, his family relocates to Blackpool in the north of England in 1959. Following a traditional Grammar school education, he moves on to Art college to study fine art before deciding on an attempt at a musical career. Jethro Tull forms in 1968 out of the amalgamation of the John Evan Band and McGregor’s Engine, two blues-based local U.K. groups. Still enjoying a lengthy if intermittent ongoing career, Jethro Tull has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies since the band first performed at London’s famous Marquee club. 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. So far, no pretender to the throne has stepped forward. Ian also plays ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments, providing the acoustic textures which are an integral part of most of the Tull repertoire.