Jack Bruce of Cream autograph
Jack Bruce of Cream autograph. Signed card in black marker.
John Symon Asher “Jack” Bruce (14 May 1943 – 25 October 2014). Was a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter known primarily for his contributions to the British supergroup Cream. Who also included guitarist singer Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker. In March 2011 Rolling Stone readers selected him as the eighth greatest bass guitarist of all time. “Most musicians would have a very hard time distinguishing themselves if they wound up in a band with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker.” The magazine said at the time, “but Jack Bruce was so gifted on the bass that he did it with ease.”
Bruce maintained a solo career that spanned several decades and also played in several musical groups. Although recognized first and foremost as a vocalist. Bassist and songwriter, he also played double bass; harmonica; piano, cello and guitar. He was trained as a classical cellist and considered himself a jazz musician. Although much of his catalogue of compositions and recordings tended toward rock and blues.
Bruce died of liver disease on 25 October 2014, in Suffolk, England, aged 71. His publicist Claire Singers said: “He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family.” He is survived by his wife, Margrit, as well as four children; Malcolm Bruce, Aruba Red, Kyla Simone Bruce, Corin Bruce and granddaughter Maya Sage.