RIP Cream’s Jack Bruce

Eric Clapton got all the glory. Ginger Baker was the mean bastard drummer that everyone expected to go first. But let’s remember that Jack Bruce was the frontman and riffmeister of Cream.

Along with most of the band’s other songs–“I Feel Free,” “White Room” and so many more–he was the guy who came up with this riff, one of the most famous in the history of rock.

http://youtu.be/IDZqmF3zS04

Cream was the first supergroup, the first power trio and the first band to be an awarded a platinum record (Wheels of Fire, 1968). They only lasted a few years but their influence on rock was immeasurable.

Jack died yesterday at his home in Suffolk, England, at the age of 71. He’d been suffering from liver disease for years and required a liver transplant a couple of years ago.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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