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Cream Bass Player Jack Bruce Dead at 71

Wrote big hits for 1960s band featuring Eric Clapton
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2014 1:33 PM CDT
Cream Bass Player Jack Bruce Dead at 71
In this Jan 13, 1993 file photo, members of the rock group Cream, from left, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton, perform during the 8th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

(Newser) – Jack Bruce, bass player, singer, and songwriter for the 1960s rock trio Cream, has died at 71 of liver disease. The British band, which also featured Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, sold 35 million albums in just two years, breaking up despite their popularity in 1968. The band was the first ever to receive a platinum disc, the Herald reports. Bruce wrote hits like "Sunshine of Your Love" and "I Feel Free," the BBC reports.

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Prior to playing in Cream—which the BBC calls "one of the most important bands in rock history"—he was a member of groups like Manfred Mann and John Mayall's Blues Breakers. After Cream broke up in 1968, his reputation continued to grow as one of the industry's top bassists. "The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts," his family says. (Read more rock music stories.)

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