Jack Bruce

Born May 14, 1943

John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce is a Scottish musician and songwriter, respected as a founding member of the British psychedelic rock power trio, Cream, for a solo career that spans several decades, and for his participation in several well-known musical ensembles.… Read More

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1943 Birth Bruce was born on 14 May 1943 in Bishopbriggs, Lanarkshire, to Betty (Asher) and Charlie Bruce, musical parents who moved frequently, resulting in the young Bruce attending 14 different schools, ending up at Bellahouston Academy. … Read More


1962 19 Years Old After leaving school he toured Italy, playing double bass with the Murray Campbell Big Band. In 1962 Bruce became a member of the London-based band Blues Incorporated, led by Alexis Korner, in which he played the upright bass. … Read More


1963 - 1965 3 More Events
1966 23 Years Old 1 More Event
After the Bluesbreakers, Bruce had his first commercial success as a member of Manfred Mann in 1966, including "Pretty Flamingo" which reached number one in the UK singles chart (one of two number one records of his career - the other being an uncredited bass part on The Scaffold's "Lily the Pink") as well as the free-wheeling and ground-breaking jazz-rock of Instrumental Asylum. … Read More
1968 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Cream broke up in 1968. … Read More
1969 - 1971 2 More Events
1972 29 Years Old In 1972 Bruce formed a blues rock power trio, West, Bruce & Laing. … Read More


1974 - 1976 3 More Events
1979 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1979 he toured with members from the Mahavishnu Orchestra, reuniting him with John McLaughlin, and introducing him to drummer Billy Cobham. … Read More
By 1980 his career was back on track with his new band, Jack Bruce & Friends, consisting of drummer Billy Cobham, guitarist Clem Clempson and keyboardist/guitarist David Sancious. … Read More
1982 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1982, Bruce played with a short-lived ensemble A Gathering of Minds, composed of Billy Cobham, Allan Holdsworth, Didier Lockwood and David Sancious at Montreux.


1983 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, Bruce sang on tracks 5 and 6 of the Allan Holdsworth album Road Games.
1985 - 1989 3 More Events
1990 47 Years Old Bruce played at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1990, and was invited by Irish blues rock performer, Rory Gallagher (who had a long-standing relationship with Bruce, having supported Cream's farewell concert in the band Taste in 1968) to perform a couple of songs together on stage.
1991 48 Years Old In 1991 he was one of the supporting musicians for Vivian Stanshall's solo show "Rawlinson Dog-ends", but quit over a lack of adequate rehearsals. … Read More


1995 52 Years Old A low-key solo album, Monkjack, followed in 1995, featuring Bruce on piano and vocals, accompanied only by Funkadelic organist Bernie Worrell. … Read More
1997 54 Years Old In 1997 he returned to touring as a member of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, which also featured Peter Frampton on guitar. … Read More
2000 57 Years Old Bruce continued to tour with Starr through 2000.
2001 58 Years Old In 2001 Bruce reappeared with a band featuring Bernie Worrell, Vernon Reid of Living Colour on guitar and Kip Hanrahan's three-piece Latin rhythm section. … Read More


2003 - 2007 6 More Events
In 2008, Bruce collaborated again with guitarist Robin Trower on the album Seven Moons. … Read More
In 2009 Bruce performed in a series of concerts with Trower and Husband in Europe. … Read More
2010 67 Years Old 1 More Event
Composing Himself: Jack Bruce The Authorised Biography by Harry Shapiro was released by Jawbone Press in February 2010. … Read More
…  In March 2011 Rolling Stone readers selected him as the eighth greatest bass guitarist of all time. "Most musicians would have a very hard time distinguishing themselves if they wound up in a band with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker," the magazine said at the time, "but Jack Bruce was so gifted on the bass that he did it with ease." … Read More
Bruce started 2012 playing the Gerry Rafferty tribute concert in Glasgow, followed by a date with the traditional Celtic band Lau. … Read More
In March 2014, Bruce released Silver Rails on the Esoteric Antenna label, his first solo studio album in over a decade. … Read More
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