Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jack Bruce 1943-2014

Jack Bruce, known as the bass player and singer for Cream, often considered to be the first "supergroup", died earlier today from liver disease at his home in Suffolk.  He had undergone a liver transplant in 2003, recovering well enough to resume performing in 2004.

John Simon Asher Bruce was born in 1943 in Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow.  He originally studied cello and played the double bass, before switching to electric bass.  He also played guitar, harmonica and keyboards.  Bruce played bass in several bands including John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann, before forming Cream with guitarist Eric Clapton, who also contributed some lead vocals, and drummer Ginger Baker.  After Cream disbanded in 1968, Bruce played in various other bands, produced solo albums, and worked as a session musician.  Cream reunited for a concert in 2005.

Bruce is survived by his second wife Margrit, four children, and a granddaughter.

From Cream, here are Sunshine Of Your Love, which includes vocals from Bruce and Clapton....

....and White Room, which in my opinion features one Bruce's best lead vocals.

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