An affable, workmanlike bassist, Glascock already had an impressive CV before beginning his four-year spell with prog-folkers Jethro Tull in 1975. He and his percussionist brother Brian (later of The Motels) originally played in a band with future Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, the left-handed Glascock greatly inspired by Paul McCartney.
By the time he’d joined Tull, he had played rock with The Gods, blues/soul with Toe Fat and blues/R & B with popular live act Chicken Shack. He then rejoined his brother for a time with LA avantgarde fusionists Carmen – who were invited on a US support slot with Jethro Tull, when the latter’s leader Ian Anderson was alerted to Glascock’s ability.
His first record with Jethro Tull was 1976’s ironically titled Too Old to Rock ‘n’Roll, Too Young to Die. Glascock’s premature death offers a stern warning to those who ignore dental problems: suffering from a neglected tooth abscess, the bassplayer became seriously ill when the infection spread to his heart and damaged an already weak valve – a hereditary condition.
In 1977, he underwent surgery to replace the valve, but he never totally recovered. Falling ill during the recordings, Glascock contributed to his final album for Tull (1979’s Stormwatch), and played his last gig exactly three years to the day of his first. On 17 November, John Glascock’s replacement valve was rejected by his body, and the musician died during emergency surgery.
The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars - Jeremy Simmonds, 2nd Edition, Chicago Review Press, Incorporated, 2012, page: 115
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