RIP Cream Bassist Jack Bruce, 1943-2014

Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce formed quite the imposing team on stage. Together as Cream, they’re what many consider the first rock super group. They blitzed onto the music scene with four albums over three years before going their separate ways. They are staples of rock radio and their influence can be heard throughout countless bands.

Today they are short a member. Singer, songwriter, and bassist Jack Bruce passed away at the age of 71. From Rolling Stone:

“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 world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts,” the Bruce family wrote. Bruce’s publicist added, “He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family.” No other details were revealed but the Press Association reports that the bassist suffered from liver disease.

Bruce still made music up to this year, releasing the album Silver Rails in March, and there is really no better tribute to a great musician than their music. Every time I hear Cream, I always think of the way Blackie Lawless described Bruce’s bass playing as coming, “straight out of Hell” on one of those VH1 countdown shows. Pretty bad ass.

(Via Rolling Stone)