Yes . . . 60,000,000+

I came accross this article today on the Twitter feed @RealRockNews.

It is an interview with Ian Anderson, aka Mr. Jethro Tull.

The interview address his fifty years and over sixty million records sold.

I like Jethro Tull.  I have every record/CD and almost every DVD. I have only seen them once, back in the summer of 2003, at the Bethelem (PA)  Musikfest

I saw the number of records sold and it got me thinking,  How many records have famous bands sold?  The oracle, Google had the answer.

Frank Sinatra,  over 150 million records

The Beatles, over 600 million records

Led Zeppelin, over 200 million records

OK, but I still like Jethro Tull better than those  three.

Here is an example of  of why:

From the 1991 Catfish Rising record…one of their last studio records and one of their best efforts.

Lyrics:
You want to be a bookworm? You wanna be aloof?
You wanna sit in judgement, looking down from the roof?
Try a wee sensation: but first you have to want to join in.
You should be, should be raging down the freeway
With some friends from the mall.
Don’t stay forever in your limbo: fly before you fall
Little sparrow on the schoolyard wall.

So dress a little dangerous and modify your walk.
There’s nothing wrong with sparrows.
But try to be a sparrowhawk.
Hunting in the evening and floating in the heat in the day.
You might, might acquire some predatory instinct.
Do the wolf pack crawl.
Don’t stay forever in your limbo: fly before you fall
Little sparrow on the schoolyard wall.

Well, I don’t want to be your daddy.
Don’t want to be your engineer of sin.
And I don’t want to play the piper here.
I’m only banging on a mandolin
And anyway, you’re just a little sparrow
On the schoolyard wall.

There’s nothing wrong with learning.
Nothing wrong with your books.
So exercise some judgement.
Too much broth can spoil the cook.
Feel a little sensation and know when it’s time to join in.
You should be, should be raging down the freeway
With some friends from the mall.
Don’t stay forever in your limbo: fly before you fall
Little sparrow on the schoolyard wall.

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