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Jack Bruce, Bass Player for Cream, Dead Much Too Young at 71

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British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71.

Publicist Claire Singers said Saturday Bruce died at his home in Suffolk, England. He died of liver disease, according to the Guardian.

A statement released by his family said “the world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

“It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend,” the statement said.

Cream, which also included guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker sold 35 million albums in just over two years and were awarded the world’s first ever platinum disc for their album Wheels of Fire.

Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including “I Feel Free”, “White Room,” “Politician” and “Sunshine Of Your Love.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. He was definitely one of the best performers of all time. Cream was one of my favorite bands growing up. I really enjoyed the 2005 Royal Albert Hall reunion. They were great!

  2. Not only a great bass player, but I think one of the best male vocalists in rock. He sang on many of the great Cream classics. His solo work and collaborations were pretty good too. One of my favourites was when he teamed up with Robin Trower and Bill Lordan to form BLT back in the 80’s. And, as Al mentioned, he had a great love and talent for jazz. Got to see him at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival about 3 years ago with Spectrum Road, the Tony Williams tribute group formed by Vernon Reid (Living Color).

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