Jack Bruce

“Let’s not beat around the bush here, Jack Bruce is simply the greatest Blues/Rock bassist that ever walked the face of this planet…”  http://www.firstfoot.com/good-scottish-pop/jackbruce.htm

DENMARK – JANUARY 01: Photo of WEST BRUCE & LAING; Jack Bruce – West, Bruce & Laing, 1973 – Copenhagen, Denmark (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns)

‘John “Jack” Bruce: Born  14 May 1943 Bishopbriggs, Lanarkshire, Scotland (1943-05-14)
Instruments  Bass guitar, vocals, piano, keyboards, guitar, harmonica, cello, upright bass
Died  October 25, 2014, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Children  Aruba Red, Jonas Bruce, Kyla Bruce, Corin Bruce, Malcolm Bruce
Albums  Songs for a Tailor, Silver Rails, Harmony Row, Things We Like, Out of the Storm’ https://alchetron.com/Jack-Bruce-990028-W

Strange Brew – Cream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hftgytmgQgE https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/573/

Sunshine of your Love – Cream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDZqmF3zS04

http://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2014/oct/25/jack-bruce-a-life-in-pictures BBC is currently showing Jack Bruce: The Man Behind the Bass this week can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01c6hw2 as he passed away recently. Scottish born Jack Bruce who co-founded Cream did several concerts around Scotland after leaving the graham bond organisation in 1963. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5BnNmL1jhs#t=108

Had the pleasure of supporting Cream at The Ballerina Ballroom in Nairn on a Monday night in June, 1967 when I played with the T-Set. They were scheduled to play the Saturday before but I think they had problems with their equipment not turning up so Albert Bonici re-scheduled them on the Monday night in Nairn and got us to support them. Great band and 3 fantastic musicians.” Fred McDonald “We were incredibly lucky to have that gig and get to play with probably the first supergroup. An amazing memory.” Brian McDonald [Note: brothers Fred and Brian were part of Scottish pop band the “T Set” before reforming as “Windy Miller”.


Years later, when performing on a bill with the Copycats [29 Nov ’71], Bruce with Cream, were delighting fans with tunes including; I Feel Free, Strange Brew, Sunshine of Your Love, White Room, and Badge. Whilst Cream was well received in the north of Scotland, Eric Clapton encountered a less receptive crowd the last time he played with his former band The Yardbirds.  Eric Clapton said that their Elgin gig [July ’67] was the “last time I played with the Yardbirds and it was rough. They just came to fight… not to watch us and they’d boo you off stage. It upsets me very much when you get that kind of audience.” https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/yardbirds-1966/

Cream at Whiskey a Go-Go 11967 https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/573/ Cream mix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hftgytmgQgE&list=RDhftgytmgQgE#t=41

“Jack Bruce, the bassist and singer for the seminal 60s rock group Cream, has died aged 71. He had been suffering from liver disease. His death was announced on his official website on Saturday and confirmed by his publicist Claire Singers. “Jack died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family,” she said. Trained as a classical musician, Glasgow-born Bruce had a powerful melodic voice and was also a talented, jazz-influenced bass guitarist. He formed Cream with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker and was responsible, with co-writer Peter Brown, for penning the majority of the band’s songs. Their most famous hits include I Feel Free, White Room, Politician and (with Clapton) Sunshine Of Your Love, which features one of the world’s most frequently played guitar riffs. The group was distinctive for the high quality of their musicianship and played a key role in establishing rock as a serious art form in the late 60s. Cream sold 35 million albums between 1966 and 1968 and were awarded the world’sfirst platinum disc for their album Wheels of Fire. A host of artists covered Bruce’s songs including Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Ella Fitzgerald. Tributes to the singer poured in from the world of rock, including one from his former Cream band mate Ginger Baker. “I am very sad to learn of the loss of a fine man, Jack Bruce,” he said via Facebook.” http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/oct/25/cream-bassist-jack-bruce-dies

http://www.jackbruce.com/2008/default.htm http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/jack-bruce http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Bruce

How did your childhood experience influence your attitude to money?

Growing up in inner-city Glasgow, it sometimes seemed to me money hadn’t been invented. We lived in a council flat, my dad worked in a factory and my mother worked in a baker’s shop and scrubbed floors at the local hospital. There was never any pocket-money and sometimes we used to go to the local football ground and collect empty bottles to take to the shops for a few pennies to make ends meet. But my parents were able to pay for my music education – my mother took two jobs so they could send me to grammar school, which was unusual for people in my class in those days.

At the age of 16 I started performing with a dance band in the evenings and began earning more money than my father, but he was pleased for me. He had assumed I would join him at the factory and never imagined I could actually make money in music. But my background made me very insecure and ignorant about how to deal with money and when I hit the big time with Cream, I made some blunders.

Thankfully I’m not endlessly ambitious, but I have done some crazy ambitious things like buying an island off the west coast of Scotland in the late Sixties. I eventually sold it because they decided to build a nuclear power station within sight of it. What would be your advice to other musicians? I’ve always had money because of my early success with Cream, so I tell young musicians to aim to write their own material, because owning the composition rights makes a very big difference. I still get a lot of royalties flowing in from radio play and the use of Cream music in commercials and movies, which is a good earner. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/fameandfortune/8932131/Former-Cream-bassist-Jack-Bruce-I-squandered-too-much-money-on-drugs.html

photo from Bonici Archives. Albert Bonici's nephew remembers seeing Jack perform at Nairn's Ballerina.

photo from Bonici Archives. Albert Bonici’s nephew remembers seeing Jack perform at Nairn’s Ballerina.


Jack Bruce on guitar


Jack may be gone but never forgotten. Beside that, him music legacy lives on in his son Malcolm who goes on tour in Scotland this month [Sep/2017] Fresh Cream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqKsTaKbAXc

Malcolm Bruce/Andy Gunn Band Promo flyer for Scottish tour 2017

Tour information 2017


Jack Bruce bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Bruce#mediaviewer/File:Jack_Bruce-2_1972.jpg


My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. Growing up a few miles from San Francisco, I would frequent the active music scene on weekends besides being a fan of British BEAT music and never missing Shindig! on television. When first visiting the small community of Elgin in 2007, I was surprise to learn how the Beatles and many other vocalist and musicians came to perform during the early days of their careers. In the early 1950s, Albert Bonici began promoting dances though it had been an ambition since his teenage years. When he and Henry Robertson co-organized a string of jazz dances in the north Scotland, they could not have predicted the enormous success of the venture. Albert Bonici became one of the most respected promoters in the UK having arranged a high volumn of music venues throughout the north of Scotland which delighted music lovers during the height of the jazz and beat music era. Whilst known for booking the Beatles at the beginning of their 1963 tours, Albert Bonici brought most of the top British acts to north-east Scotland besides working with Scottish musicians to boost their careers. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and also a tribute to a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Albert A Bonici hosted many up and coming bands who went on to gain international acclaim for their contributions. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 SCOTBEAT.wordpress.com. All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference https://scotbeat.wordpress.com when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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