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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
10/26/2014 (5 years ago)
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Founded Cream with Eric Clapton, turned rock music into viable art form

Jack Bruce, bassist and singer for the classic rock group Cream, has died aged 71. He had been suffering from liver disease. Announced on his official Web site this week, his death was confirmed by his publicist Claire Singers. "Jack died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family," she said.

Jack Bruce formed Cream with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker. Bruce along with co-writer Peter Brown, for penning the majority of the band's songs.

Jack Bruce formed Cream with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker. Bruce along with co-writer Peter Brown, for penning the majority of the band's songs.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (
10/26/2014 (5 years ago)

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Keywords: Jack Bruce, Cream blules, rock and roll, Eric Clapton, Giner Baker

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Bruce was trained as a classical musician. Born in Glasgow, Scotland Bruce also had a powerful melodic voice as well as a talented, jazz-influenced bass guitarist.

He formed Cream with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker. Bruce along with co-writer Peter Brown, for penning the majority of the band's songs. Their most famous hits include "I Feel Free," "White Room," "Politician" and (with Clapton) "Sunshine of Your Love," with its unforgettable guitar riff. 

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Cream was respected for the high quality of their musicianship. The band played a key role in establishing rock as a serious art form. Cream sold 35 million albums between 1966 and 1968 and were awarded the world's first platinum disc for their album "Wheels of Fire." Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Ella Fitzgerald all covered Bruce's songs. Tributes to the singer poured in from the world of rock, including one from his former Cream bandmate Ginger Baker. "I am very sad to learn of the loss of a fine man, Jack Bruce," he said online.

Born in 1943, Bruce was educated at Bellahouston Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, to which he won a scholarship for cello and composition. Bruce left the academy prematurely to pursue a career as a jazz and blues musician in London and in 1962 joined Alexis Korner's Blues Inc. with whom Charlie Watts, later to join the Rolling Stones, was the drummer.

Bruce then joined Ginger Baker in the Graham Bond Organization but left after three years after Baker complained that his playing was "too busy."

Bruce then played for John Mayall's Blues Breakers, where he first met Clapton. Bruce joined Manfred Mann for a brief, unhappy stint.

Baker initially asked Bruce to form Cream with Clapton, who insisted that Bruce would be the singer. The band's driving pace and technical proficiency made them an extraordinarily exciting act. However, they were also responsible for the ponderous drum and bass solos that have frequently bored concert audiences.

Cream split in November 1968 at the height of their popularity. Bruce recorded several solo albums, including "Songs for a Tailor" and "Harmony Row."

Bruce suffered from substance abuse issues, in particular heroin addiction. "I went to the clinics, I wasn't proud, but I'm proof it can be done," he said in an interview three years ago.

Bruce developed liver cancer in 2003. He recovered and in 2005 he went on to re-form Cream who played a series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

"The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts," a statement from his family read.


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