26 October,2014: EricÂ Clapton has paid tribute to former Cream bandmate Jack Bruce. The singer and bass player passed away yesterday (October 25) of liver failure. He was 71.
Bruce, Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker formed the hugely influential hard rock band Cream in 1966 and quickly released four albums that included the hits ‘I Feel Free’, ‘Strange Brew’, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ and ‘White Room’.
“He was a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me,” wrote Clapton on his official Facebook page, as reported by Rolling Stone. The guitarist followed up the post with a short acoustic track titled ‘For Jack’.
Cream drummer Ginger Baker’s also paid tribute to Bruce, releasing a statement to his official fan club: “I am very sad to learn of the loss of a fine man, Jack Bruce… My thoughts & wishes are with his family at this difficult time.”
Prior to starting Cream, Bruce enjoyed stints in Blues Incorporated, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann. Cream split in November 1968 but the Scot continued to release music under his own name and put out 14 solo albums in total. The most recent of these, ‘Silver Rails’, was released in March 2014.
“It is with great sadness that we, Jackâ€™s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend,” read a statement released by Bruce’s family. “The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”
Slash, Ringo Starr and Tony Iommi have been among the musicians to voice their sadness over Bruce’s death via Twitter.