Former Cream bassist Jack Bruce passes away at 71

Founding member of British band Cream, Jack Bruce, dies aged 71.

Jack Bruce, one of the founding members of the influential 1960s British rock band Cream, has died at the age of 71 years, after a long battle with liver disease on October 25, 2014. The Cream bassist passed away at his home in Suffolk, south east England.

Bruce formed Cream in the 1960s with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, co-writing some of the band’s greatest hits, namely, Sunshine of Your Love and I Feel Free. However, the band broke up after only two years of formation and 35 million records later in 1968. 

The Glasgow born artist began playing bass as a teenager and dropped out of the Royal Academy of Music and Drama because he was not allowed to play jazz. After playing with several British blues bands, he reportedly turned down an offer to work with American soul singer Marvin Gaye in order to get married.

Bruce played with many great names in jazz, including guitarist John McLaughlin and drummer Tony Williams, as well as Lou Reed and Frank Zappa. He was also a member of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, but had to discontinue as he was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2003.

Cream came together for a short while for concerts in 1993 and 2005. The last solo album by Bruce, his 14th by the name of Silver Rails, was released in March 2014. 

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