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In Memoriam: Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce
Photo by Marius G.Mihalache Michel

We have lost one of the titans of music and bass. Jack Bruce has passed away at the age of 71, reportedly of liver disease.

According to BBC, Bruce’s publicist has confirmed the news, and the family has issued this statement on the bass legend’s official website:

“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.”

Born on May 14, 1943 in Scotland, Bruce began playing bass in his teens. He was awarded a scholarship to study cello and composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, but left due to a conflict with the school over him playing jazz. “They found out,” Bruce told Jim Macnie, “and said ‘you either stop, or leave college.’ So I left college.”

Throughout the early ’60s, Bruce played with John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, Manfred Mann and a number of bands. In the late ’60s, Bruce cofounded the supergroup Cream with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. The bassist wrote most of the group’s songs, including “I Feel Free” and “Sunshine Of Your Love”.

Cream broke up in late 1968, and Bruce embarked on a solo career from there, further cementing his status as one of the greatest bassists ever.

Our thoughts are with the Bruce family and his friends. RIP, Jack, and thank you for showing us the way for so many years.

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