Jack Bruce at The Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards Ceremony in 2006
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Jack Bruce Dies
Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce died Oct. 25 from complications stemming from liver disease. He was 71. Founded in London in 1966, Cream — Bruce, guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker — were hailed as one of rock's original supergroups with a sound marked by blues, hard rock and psychedelic flourishes. The trio released four studio albums in four years before disbanding, including 1968's Wheels Of Fire, which topped the Billboard 200. Lauded for his smooth vocals and melodic bass style, Bruce was a key architect of hits such as "Sunshine Of Your Love," "White Room" and "I Feel Free," among others. As a solo artist, Bruce released numerous studio albums during his career, including his most recent effort, 2014's Silver Rails. Cream were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. They later reunited in 2005 for a series of concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall, which resulted in a live album and a one-off U.S. concert at Madison Square Garden. Their sophomore studio album, Disraeli Gears, was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1999. Cream were honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.