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Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies at the age of 71

The bassist died from liver disease

Legendary singer/bassist Jack Bruce of the classic rock band Cream has passed away at the age of 71. According to the musician’s publicist, he died Saturday (Oct 25th) from liver disease at his home in Suffolk, England.

“It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend,” a message was posted early Saturday on the musician’s Facebook page. “The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

Bruce nearly died from a liver transplant in 2003.

Bruce was once a member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Manfred Man before Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker co-founded Cream in 1968. During the band’s two years together, the power trio gained international recognition playing blues and psychedelic rock induced with jazz, and had hits like “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room,” “Crossroads” and “I Feel Free.” The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Bruce, known for playing the Gibson E-B3 electric bass, has influenced a variety of classic rock bassists including Sting of The Police and Rush’s Geddy Lee.

In March 2014, Bruce released his first solo album in more than a decade, Silver Rails. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and features world renown musicians like Robin Trower, Cindy Blackman-Santana and contributions from Cream lyricists Pete Brown, Kip Hanrahan and wife Margrit Seyffer.

RIP Bruce.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.