Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead at 71

by Ben Hoffman

Jack Bruce, the singer on some of Cream’s biggest hits, has died of liver disease.

His full name was John Symon Asher “Jack” Bruce and was from Scotland. He and Eric Clapton played in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers band and then went on to form Cream. He also played with Manfred Mann. (Remember Manfred Mann’s Earth Band?)

After the demise of Cream, Bruce merged jazz and rock or jazz-rock fusion with great musicians such as Larry Coryell and John McLaughlin. He also had a band during the ’70s with singer/guitarist Leslie West and drummer Corky Laing from the band Mountain.

Here’s a video of Cream’s Farewell concert at Royal Albert Hall from 1968…

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