Saturday Water Cooler: RIP Jack Bruce
If you are of a certain age, you listened to Jack Bruce. Oh you may not have known his name but I guarantee you’ve listened to him. Bruce was the bass player and vocals for Cream alongside Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker:
Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock, combining psychedelia-themed lyrics, Clapton’s blues guitar playing, Bruce’s operatic voice and prominent bass playing and Baker’s jazz-influenced drumming. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world’s first platinum-selling double album. Cream are widely regarded as being the world’s first successful supergroup. In their career, they sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Cream’s music included songs based on traditional blues such as “Crossroads” and “Spoonful”, and modern blues such as “Born Under a Bad Sign”, as well as more eccentric songs such as “Strange Brew”, “Tales of Brave Ulysses” and “Toad”.
Prior to Cream Bruce played with folks like Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones drummer) in Blues Incorporated and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and post-Cream with Manfred Mann and Leslie West and Corky Laing in West, Bruce, and Laing.
RIP Jack Bruce.