1968


 JAN 6-7  - Recording single 'Sunshine Day' - Abbey Road Studios London.

 JAN 8 -   Decision made to use the name 'Jethro Tull' on the single
 JAN 15 - ​The first ever 'Jethro Tull' concert.
FIRST EVER TULL PROMO POSTER
JAN 16
Billed at the Marquee Club as 'Navy Blue'  but introduced themselves as 'Jethro Tull'.

FEB 2
The first appearance billed as Jethro Tull;  Marquee Club , London, UK (supporting Savoy Brown Blues Band)

FEB 16
Release of 'Sunshine Day' single










 
b/w 'Aeroplane' famously originally mis-credited as “Jethro Toe”
MAY 3
Marquee Club,  London UK.
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MAY 24 - Blues Loft (Nag's Head)              High Wycombe, UK
JUNE 13
Recording their first album for 'This Was'.
JUNE 29  - Hyde Park,  London, UK    
Britain's first large-scale free outdoor concert, including Roy Harper, Jethro Tull, TRex & Pink Floyd.
BBC newsreel film exists you can see the tull portion below, colorized by us. The source film was black and white, with no sound.
JULY 20
Radio session for 'Top Gear', broadcast in April 1968.
Released officially on the 40th Anniversary edition of 'This Was'.
A Song For Jeffrey, Serenade To A Cuckoo, My Sunday Feeling, So Much Trouble; Cat's Squirrel









AUG 11 - Sunbury Race Course, Kempton, UK  - Jazz & Blues Festival
Tull's 'breakthrough' gig, in front of their first large audience: 50,000. Also David Palmer's first experience of Tull, as an audience member
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AUG 16 - Candlelight Club Scarborough, UK
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AUG 31 - The Van Dike Club -  Plymouth, UK supported by 'Gethsemane' (penny peeps) Martin Barre's band
SEPT 3 - Tull's first headline appearance on the Marquee's 'Star Night'
SEPT 29
Croydon Gala, the near-4-hour show was titled 'Olympop' and in aid of the British Olympic Appeal Fund. Compered by John Peel  Tull, Alan Price & Julie Driscoll were filmed for the TV show 'Colour Me Pop'. The appearance was believed to have been wiped from the BBC archive.
OCT 25 UK release of 'This Was' 
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NOV 9 - NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS UK
NOV 30, Mick Abrahams' last concert with Tull -  London School Of Economics London, UK 
DEC 12 
Rolling Stones 'Rock'N'Roll Circus'  miming  “A Song for Jeffery” with new (for a brief time) guitarist Tony Iommi (who later formed Black Sabbath) Filmed but not released for nearly 30yrs (1996)
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DEC 24
Martin Barre joins Jethro Tull.


DEC 30
Martin Barre's first concert with Tull.

Winter Gardens    Penzance, UK

 
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