John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce
May 14, 1943-October 25, 2014
Jack Bruce, bassist and lead singer for 60's power trio Cream, passed away today. He was 71 years old. The cause of death has not been announced yet.
Bruce started his career in the early 1960s, playing in blues groups such as Blue Incorporated and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. It was in 1966 when Bruce joined up with former Yardbirds guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker to form Cream. Given their background prior to joining the group, Cream is widely considered to be one of the first supergroups. The band would make four studio albums and release a few hit singles such as "I Feel Free," "Sunshine of Your Love," and "White Room." The band split in 1968, but would reunite in 1993 for their induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and for a series of shows in 2005 at the Royal Albert Hall. After Cream's split, Bruce pursued a solo career. Before his passing. Bruce had still been active. Earlier this year, he had released a new album entitled Silver Rails.
It is sad to hear of Jack Bruce's passing. He was a great bassist and I think he's pretty underrated as a bassist. He was also a good singer, with great bluesy-soulful vocals. My condolences go out to his family and friends.
Rest in peace, Jack.