“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
‘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
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
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
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