Amp Events has announced that rock icons Pixies will be touring South Africa in March next year!

Meet Iain Thomas, the 36-year-old South African poet who is famous all over the world except in SA

Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies

2014-10-25 20:00

London - British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71.

Publicist Claire Singers said on Saturday Bruce died at his home in Suffolk, England.

A statement released by his family said "the world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts".

"It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: Husband, father, granddad, and all round legend," the statement said.

Cream, which also included guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker sold 35 million albums in just over two years and were awarded the world's first ever platinum disc for their album Wheels of Fire.

Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including I Feel Free, White Room, Politician and Sunshine Of Your Love.

Cream split in November 1968, and Bruce went on to front his own bands.

Many artists covered Bruce's songs, including Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and Ella Fitzgerald.

Bruce returned to the studio around 2000 to record his solo album Shadows in the Air, which hit number five on the British jazz and blues chart.

Bruce was born to musical parents in Glasgow, Scotland on 14 May 1943. His parents travelled extensively in Canada and the US, and the young Bruce attended 14 different schools.

He finished his formal education at Bellahouston Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, to which he won a scholarship for cello and composition.

He left Scotland at the age of 16 and in 1962 joined his first important band, the influential Alexis Korner's Blues Inc, in London. The band featured drummer Charlie Watts, later to join the Rolling Stones.

Read more on:    celebrities publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent News

Taylor Swift performed This Is What You Came For, the song she wrote for ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris, at her only full concert on 2016 over the weekend. Read More »

Justin Bieber stormed off stage at his concert in Manchester, England, after being booed by fans. Read More »

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.