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Jack Bruce, composer, bassist, singer and multi-instrumentalist was born in the industrial, Scottish city of Glasgow to working class Parents. His love of music was stimulated by his mother (Scots folk music) and father (jazz). At age sixteen he won a scholarship in cello and composition to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama of which he now holds an Honorary Doctorate of Music. There is also the 'Jack Bruce Zone' at the RSAMD which features a wall sculpture by Hazel Blue, depicting his life story.
He left home at seventeen to seek fame and fortune and travelled around Europe playing with many jazz bands before settling in London. There he played with Alexis Korner's Blues Inc., The Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall and Manfred Mann before forming the world's first super group, Cream with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. He composed most of Cream's hits, including I Feel Free, Sunshine of Your Love, White Room and many others during the band's meteoric career. After the demise of Cream he began his dream of pursuing his personal goal of forging his own musical language and playing with many of the finest musicians in the world in his own bands.
In 1993 Jack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Cream, and the band had a tremendously successful reunion in 2005. The following year, Jack was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy for his work with Cream.
Jack's 14th solo album Silver Rails was released worldwide during early 2014 to extremely good reviews - Rolling Stone commenting that Jack had finally moved past Cream - and to the delight of a vastly burgeoning group of very faithful fans, new as well as old. Jack and his beloved wife Margrit spent a lot of time in their beautiful estancia in Majorca where they peeled grapes and made pa amb oli from their home grown tomatoes and olive oil. By mid-2014 Jack had several new musical pieces on the boil too including a follow up to Candlelight again with lyrics by Margrit Seyffer.
On 25 October 2014 Jack passed away at the age of
71 at his home in Suffolk, surrounded by his family. His family
stated: "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."
You may contact Jack's publicist, LD
info [at] ldcommunications [dot] co [dot] uk / tel. +44 (0) 20 7439 7222