Jack Bruce, singer and bassist for the legendary band Cream, has passed away at the age of 71. His family confirmed his death on Bruce’s Facebook page:
“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.”
Cream was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 with original members Ginger Baker (drummer) and Eric Clapton (guitarist/ singer). Bruce co-wrote hit singles like “White Room,” “SWLABR,” and “Sunshine of Your Live” with Clapton. Cream released four studio albums in a matter of three years. Cream sold 35 million albums in over two years and was awarded the world’s first platinum disc for their album Wheels of Fire.
Cream broke up in 1968 and Bruce started his successful solo career over the next 45 years. His latest album was Silver Rails, which was released March 2014. In 2006, Cream received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Publicist Claire Singers said that Bruce died at his home in Suffolk, England.