Ian Scott Anderson, MBE (born 10 August 1947) is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work as the leader and flautist of British rock band Jethro Tull.
We honor him today with two fine versions of Aqualung, happy birthday Mr. Anderson!
Anderson plays several other musical instruments, including keyboards, bass guitar, bouzouki, balalaika, saxophone, harmonica, and a variety of whistles. His solo work begin with the 1983 album Walk into Light, and since then he released another five works, including the sequel of Jethro Tull albumThick as a Brick (1972) in 2012, entitled TAAB2: Whatever happened to Gerald Bostock.
Aqualung, live 1977 (1978?):
In 1973 Anderson appeared, along with several other artists, on the cover of Time Magazine, for an article about new directions in early 1970s music.
In recognition of his lifelong contribution to popular music, Anderson received two honours in 2006: the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement and an honorary Doctorate of Literature at Heriot-Watt University, on 11 July 2006.
Anderson was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Letters) from Abertay University in July 2011.
At the 2013 Progressive Music Awards, Anderson was presented with the “Prog God” award by fellow musician Rick Wakeman
Aqualung, live 2003:
Jethro Tull – Aqualung [Full Album]:
– Hallgeir & Egil