Jack Bruce

British musician Jack Bruce

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.
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Birthday
14 May 1943
home town
Alba
Death Place
Suffolk

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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nom...
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Hot 'Effing' Tuna Takes the Beacon Theater By Storm
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It's often been said, "There's nothing like a Grateful Dead concert." While that's certainly true, there is also nothing like a Hot Tuna concert. Unlike Dead Heads, Tuna Fans tend to be more rowdy and aggressive, less "Peace and Love, man" and more likely to scream out "Hot Fuckin Tuna" to regularly startle everybody. The most recent Beacon Theater' Hot Tuna' concert on December 13, 2014 was exemplary in every way. And, it was the Beacon Theater that always makes it a grand Tuna affair. When Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady play together, whether it's an acoustic show or righteously electric, Hot Tuna fans show up in force. And they're generally not playing hackey sack or selling bean sprout wraps in the parking lot. Much more likely to find them in close-by bars drinking beer and talking about "Come Back Baby" from the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey on 11/20/76. While rowdier, Hot Tuna fans love their Jack & Jorma and each other. When Jack & J...
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Ralph A. Miriello: Notes on Jazz's Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Jimmy Cobb photo by Lena Ashasheva ©2013 Another year has passed since Notes on Jazz published its annual Living Legend of Jazz feature. This is the fourth such compilation, a yearly reminder and a joyful celebration of the artistry and longevity of jazz artists that have been living in our midst. With each year we marvel at some familiar new members who have entered into the ranks of the Living Legends. The criteria are uncomplicated, simply induct any musician, working or retired who has reached their seventieth birthday and has contributed to the canon of the music, keeping the spirit and tradition of the music alive. They could be relatively obscure or internationally recognized, but in their own way they made a difference. Many of us grew up with these artists and have followed their careers through the years. As this is an organic list, ever-changing, like the music, its ranks are added to and depleted each year. Sadly, since last July 4th, ,we have continued to l...
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Marshall Fine: Movie Review: Beware of Mr. Baker
Huffington Post - about 5 years
With baby boomers heading into retirement, there's been a bull market on biographies and documentaries about baby-boomer rock-star heroes. There's a sense of summing up, of valedictory in the recent pile-up of books and movies by and about Neil Young, David Geffen, the Rolling Stones, Pete Townsend and Rod Stewart. So it's refreshing to see a film that goes to the opposite extreme of hagiography: Jay Bulger's Beware of Mr. Baker. This intense, imaginative and wild little film celebrates an unrepentant madman, one of rock'n'roll's surprise survivors, drummer Ginger Baker. Indeed, while Keith Richards always topped the early-mid-1970s chart of rock stars most likely to suffer an untimely demise, Baker was always in the top five -- at least until he seemed to topple out of sight sometime in the early-to-mid-1980s. I always assumed he had died -- though I guess I also always assumed that I would have heard about it if he had. There are a couple of generations of music fa...
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Chris Kompanek: On the Culture Front: North Sea Jazz Festival and Beyond
Huffington Post - over 5 years
I found myself in Rotterdam this summer covering the North Sea Jazz Festival, one of the largest of its kind that takes place each year in the seaside Dutch town just outside of the more famous "dam." For those like Benjamin Schwarz who proclaimed jazz was dead in a recent article, North Sea stands defiantly vibrant. Stretching over a long weekend in July, a wide range of bands representing jazz past, present and future fill 11 stages for an exceptionally immersive experience. I was surprised at first that this event is held almost entirely indoors (in an oversized convention hall-like space) but soon realized that it allowed for easier maneuvering between stages. Instead of having to walk across a mud soaked field, the next concert was just down a short hallway or up an escalator. It's a crazy maze, to be sure, but one that is a delight to snake through. As with most festivals, conflicts are inevitable and I ended up missing some great musicians -- like McCoy Tyner p...
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How To Rock Out With Alice Cooper, Dave Navarro & Gene Simmons
Huffington Post - over 5 years
By Iain Blair LOS ANGELES, Sept 6 (Reuters) - After traveling the world and giving aspiring musicians a chance to jam with their favorite stars, the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp announced Thursday it was setting up a permanent home in Las Vegas. Starting in October, aspiring rockers who have dreamed of playing with their musical heroes can sign up for the camp's courses at the MGM Grand hotel and casino. Upcoming camps will feature rock legends as Roger Daltrey, Jack Bruce, Alice Cooper, Dave Navarro, Sammy Hagar, Gene Simmons and Vince Neil. Camp founder David Fishof, a former manager and tour producer for Ringo Starr and The Monkees, said he had been looking for a permanent location for some time to cope with growing demand. "It gets bigger every year," said Fishof. He estimated that since its start, over 7,000 rock star wannabes have attended the camps, which have been held six times a year in var...
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Death Notices
Cartersville Patch - over 5 years
The following funeral arrangements and/or death notices were published by Owen Funeral Home:   William Mark Shaw—Dec. 10, 1958-June 20, 2012 Betty Mae Anderson—June 18, 1944-June 14, 2012 Nancy Ernestine Barnes—Aug. 26, 1939-June 19, 2012 Thurman William Berry—May 31, 1945-June 14, 2012 Charles Forest Chambers—Feb. 3, 1946-June 18, 2012 Gladys Howren Cox—May 17, 1913-June 16, 2012 Mildred Mae Hansard—May 1, 1914-June 16, 2012 Lassie Ann Spry—Feb. 7, 1920-June 16, 2012 Barbara Charlene James—Mar. 7, 1937-June 15, 2012 Cassie Genell Smith—Aug. 17, 1932-June 15, 2012 Eulane Lankford—May 3, 1922-June 15, 2012 Helen Massey Haney—Sept. 14, 1935-June 12, 2012 Wiley Franklin Waits—April 7, 1938-June 12, 2012 Alice Mae Fowler—May 6, 1930-June 9, 2012 Roy Donald Hinson—Aug. 26, 1932-June 9, 2012 "Julian" Monroe Irvin—Dec. 17, 1955-June 8, 2012 Edna Lee Walters—Jan. 28, 1919-June 8, 2012 William David Hannah—Aug. 19, 1984-June 5, 2012 B...
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‘Strong interest’ in music festival
Bury Free Press - over 5 years
TICKETS are selling well for a talent laden music festival in Bury St Edmunds. Organisers of Abbey Fest say there has been ‘strong interest’ in the three day event, which runs from July 20 to 22 in the Abbey Gardens. Now in its second year, the festival boasts a varied line up with each day covering a different musical genre including folk, pop, soul jam, soft rock and easy listening. Acts range from Bellowhead to The Cutouts, Rose Royce,Jack Bruce and his Big Blues Band as well as The Wattisham Military Wives Choir. Promoter John Hessenthaler said: “The interest has been very strong and I think it’s a strong bill. Last year it went really well.” He started his career as a promoter in the mid-70s and the first gigs he organised were for the Corn Exchange, in Bury, with names such as The Clash. Mr Hassenthaler launched the festival because he felt there was ‘a gap in the market place for mass interest and name acts’. When asked which acts he is eager to see, he said: “I look for...
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Death Notices
Cartersville Patch - over 5 years
The following funeral arrangements and/or death notices were published by Owen Funeral Home: William David Hannah—Aug. 19, 1984-June 5, 2012 Billy Wayne Ruff—May 18, 1946-June 6, 2012 James Stephens Veres Jr.—Aug. 29, 1961-June 4, 2012 Charles Samuel Tuten—Dec. 24, 1946-June 4, 2012 Sarah Florence Sawyer—Aug. 22, 1930-June 2, 2012  Ruby D. Ward—Nov. 29, 1921-June 3, 2012 Betty Jean Cochran—Oct. 9, 1929-June 3, 2012 Ruth Marie Endress—June 4, 1927-May 31, 2012 Beth Parker Leary—Oct. 9, 1968-May 30, 2012 Naomi Ruth Ezell—June 17, 1929-May 30, 2012 Robert Ed Hicks—Oct. 16, 1936-May 29, 2012 Mitchell Lee White—Nov. 10, 1945-May 28, 2012 Timothy (Tim) Baxter—Jan. 1, 1960-May 26, 2012 Jack Bruce—Aug. 7, 1935-May 25, 2012 Murl Marvin Silvers—May 23, 1962-May 22, 2012 Eddie Lee Smith—Aug. 6, 1947-May 22, 2012 Christie Anne Smith—Jan. 17, 1970-May 18, 2012 Irene Holbrooks—June 22, 1942-May 17, 2012 Beverly Lois Howard—Nov. 22, 19...
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Whitney tribute concert at Abbey Fest
Bury Free Press - almost 6 years
ABBEY Fest has announced a glittering addition to its Saturday night event at the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds with a tribute to the late Whitney Houston. Award winning community choir Funky Voices is joining with Ipswich’s Got Talent 2011 winner Natasha Staffieri for the evening’s Pop and Soul Jam. Natasha, who was thwarted by lack of funds in being able to follow her career path at the Mountview Adademy of Theatre Arts, has a busy year ahead and is looking forward to the Bury S t Edmunds gig. Already signed up for the three day showcase is Bellowhead, Jack Bruce, Steve Hackett and The Idiot Bast**d Show and Band among others. For more information go to www.abbeygardensdfestival.co.uk
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Jack Bruce joins Abbey Fest last night
Bury Free Press - almost 6 years
Jack Bruce and The Big Blues Band are among the final top line up for this year’s Abbey Fest in the Abbey Gardens in July.
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Letter: Creme de la Cream
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 6 years
MY wife and I went to see Jack Bruce (bass guitarist with a band called Cream in the 60s, to those readers below the age of 50 who may/will not have heard of him) at the Grand Opera House in York.
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Bonnaroo 2012: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Skrillex, Bon Iver, More
MTV News - about 6 years
Phish, Radiohead, Blackstar, Civil Wars, Roots, Beach Boys also on the bill. By Gil Kaufman <P>The lineup for the 11th annual Bonnaroo Festival features a powerhouse lineup for headliners including Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Phish, along with some recent <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/grammys">Grammy</a> <a href="/news/articles/1678701/grammy-winners-list.jhtml">winners</a> such as <a href="/news/articles/1679107/grammys-2012-bon-iver-best-new-artist.jhtml">Bon Iver</a> and <a href="/news/articles/1679070/grammys-2012-skrillex-wins.jhtml">EDM star Skrillex</a>.</P><P></p><div class="player-placeholder right" title="How Does Skrillex Feel About Being The Poster Child For EDM?" id="vid:732060.id:1678854" width="240" height="211"></div><p></P><P>As alw...
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Drake, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & More at 2011 BMI Urban Awards: Watch - Billboard
Google News - over 6 years
Resplendent in a red sequined shirt and matching pants, Collins says the upcoming FU curriculum will feature special guest professors Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire, Ron Carter, Jack Bruce, Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham
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LIVE: Colne's Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival updates - Lancashire Telegraph
Google News - over 6 years
This year's highlights on the International Stage include Jack Bruce, the Animals and Friends with Steve Cropper, Robin Trower, and the Gary Fletcher Band, featuring Pick Withers – original drummer with Dire Straits. From the USA there will be James
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What's on: Bank holiday events in East Lancashire - Burnley and Pendle Citizen
Google News - over 6 years
Highlights include the Wilko Johnson Band, Sherman Robertson, Jack Bruce, Mavis Staples, Cherry Lee Mewis and Cliff Stockers Legendary Slack Alice and Friends. The Urban Culture Jam Festival returns for a second year on Monday at Accrington Skate Park,
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Dishonored is a Somethingpunk Shooter for Everyone. That Could Be the Problem. - Kotaku
Google News - over 6 years
Dishonored reminds me a bit of a rock and roll supergroup with an overambitious debut: someone might have to tell Jack Bruce that this is still going to mostly be a lead guitar album. (Or to put it in a way that those of you not conceived in the head
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 70
    Bruce's remains were later cremated and then buried at a private family ceremony on 31 December 2014 at the Golders Green Crematorium.
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    His funeral was held in London on 5 November 2014 and was attended by Clapton, Baker and noted musicians Phil Manzanera, Gary Brooker, Vernon Reid and Nitin Sawhney among others.
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    This film was shown on the BBC Channel Four website on the BBC iPlayer starting on 17 November 2014 and ran for 30 days Bruce's son Malcolm Bruce pre-produced the album and played guitar on several tracks, while Bruce's daughter Aruba Red was featured on "Hidden Cities" singing backing vocals.
    In March 2014, Bruce released Silver Rails on the Esoteric Antenna label, his first solo studio album in over a decade.
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  • 2012
    Age 68
    February 2012 saw Bruce playing in Havana, Cuba, along with guitarist Phil Manzanera, supporting the mambo band of Augusto Enriquez.
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    The completed documentary Jack Bruce – The Man behind the Bass was transmitted in February 2012 by BBC Scotland.
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    Bruce started 2012 playing the Gerry Rafferty tribute concert in Glasgow, followed by a date with the traditional Celtic band Lau.
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  • 2011
    Age 67
    On 4 June 2011, Bruce played a special concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London, which was celebrating its 60th anniversary.
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    On 14 January, at the 2011 North American Music Merchants Show, Bruce became only the third recipient of the International Bassist Award, a lifetime achievement award for bassists, after Jaco Pastorius and Nathan Watts.
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    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."
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  • 2010
    Age 66
    His songwriting partner, Pete Brown's, biography White Rooms & Imaginary Westerns was published in September 2010.
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    Composing Himself: Jack Bruce The Authorised Biography by Harry Shapiro was released by Jawbone Press in February 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 65
    In October 2009, Bruce performed at the 50th anniversary of Ronnie Scott's Club with the Ronnie Scott's Blues Band.
    In August 2009, the 1983 Bruce solo album Automatic was re-released, making his entire solo catalogue available on CD.
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    During the Scottish dates of the 2009 tour Bruce was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Glasgow Caledonian University for services to the culture of Glasgow and music in general.
    Bruce recovered and the band played summer concerts in Italy, Norway and the UK during 2009.
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    In 2009 Bruce performed in a series of concerts with Trower and Husband in Europe.
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  • 2008
    Age 64
    In November 2008 he recorded a concert in Birmingham, England for Radio Broadcast with the BBC Big Band, where he again played the Big Band arrangements of his classic songs.
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    Improved health led to Bruce playing a series of live outdoor concerts across the US starting in July 2008 as part of the Hippiefest Tour.
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    In May 2008 Bruce was 65 years old and to commemorate this milestone two box sets of recordings were released.
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    In 2008, Bruce collaborated again with guitarist Robin Trower on the album Seven Moons.
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  • 2007
    Age 63
    In 2007, he made a brief concert appearance, opening a new rehearsal hall named in his honour at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow with Clem Clempson, keyboard player Ronnie Leahy and Husband.
  • 2006
    Age 62
    Subsequent concert appearances by Bruce were sparse because of recovery after the transplant, but in 2006 he returned to the live arena with a show of Cream and solo classics performed with the German HR (Hessischer Rundfunk) Big Band.
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  • 2005
    Age 61
    In May 2005, he reunited with former Cream bandmates Clapton and Baker for a series of well-received concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall, released as the album Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005, and New York's Madison Square Garden.
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  • 2004
    Age 60
    He recovered, and in 2004 re-appeared to perform "Sunshine of Your Love" at a Rock Legends concert in Germany organised by the singer Mandoki.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 59
    In September 2003, he underwent a liver transplant, which was almost fatal, as his body initially rejected the new organ.
    Bruce had suffered a period of declining health, after many years of addictions which he finally beat with clinical treatment, and in 2003 was diagnosed with liver cancer.
  • 2001
    Age 57
    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 56
    Bruce continued to tour with Starr through 2000.
  • 1997
    Age 53
    In 1997 he returned to touring as a member of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, which also featured Peter Frampton on guitar.
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  • 1995
    Age 51
    A low-key solo album, Monkjack, followed in 1995, featuring Bruce on piano and vocals, accompanied only by Funkadelic organist Bernie Worrell.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1991
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 1990
    Age 46
    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.
  • 1989
    Age 45
    In 1989 Bruce secured his first major record deal in a decade, with Epic, and recorded A Question of Time.
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  • 1986
    Age 42
    In 1986 he re-recorded the Cream song "I Feel Free" and released it as a single to support an advertising campaign for the Renault 21 motor car.
  • 1985
    Age 41
    In 1985 he sang lead and played blues harp on the song "Silver Bullet" with Anton Fier's Golden Palominos.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 39
    In 1983 Bruce began working with the Latin/world music producer Kip Hanrahan, and released the collaborative albums Desire Develops an Edge, Vertical's Currency, A Few Short Notes from the End Run, Exotica and All Roads Are Made of the Flesh.
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    In 1983, Bruce sang on tracks 5 and 6 of the Allan Holdsworth album Road Games.
  • 1982
    Age 38
    In 1982 he married his second wife, Margrit Seyffer.
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    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.
  • 1980
    Age 36
    A European tour followed to promote the album enlisting Bruce Gary from The Knack (who had also played in Bruce's 1975 band) on drums and Sancious from his 1980 band (Jack Bruce & Friends) on guitar and keyboards.
    In the early 1980s, he also joined up to play with friends from his Alexis Korner days in Rocket 88, the back-to-the-roots band that Ian Stewart had arranged, and Bruce appears on the album of the same name, recorded live in Germany in 1980.
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    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 35
    By 1979, Bruce's drug habit had reached such a level that he had lost most of his money.
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    In 1979 he toured with members from the Mahavishnu Orchestra, reuniting him with John McLaughlin, and introducing him to drummer Billy Cobham.
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  • 1976
    Age 32
    In 1976 Bruce formed a new band with drummer Simon Phillips and keyboardist Tony Hymas.
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  • 1974
    Age 30
    Also in 1974 he featured on the title track of Frank Zappa's album Apostrophe, recorded in November 1972.
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    The band's break-up was announced shortly before Live 'n' Kickins release in early 1974, and Bruce released his fourth solo album Out of the Storm later that year.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 28
    In 1972 Bruce formed a blues rock power trio, West, Bruce & Laing.
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  • 1971
    Age 27
    However, Lifetime did not receive much critical or commercial acclaim at the time, and the band broke up in 1971.
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  • 1969
    Age 25
    Bruce's first solo release, Songs for a Tailor, was issued in September 1969; it too featured Heckstall-Smith and Hiseman.
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  • 1968
    Age 24
    In August 1968, before Cream officially disbanded, Bruce recorded an acoustic free jazz album with John McLaughlin, Dick Heckstall-Smith and Jon Hiseman.
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    Cream broke up in 1968.
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  • 1966
    Age 22
    In July 1966 Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker founded the power trio Cream, which gained international recognition playing blues-rock and jazz-inflected rock music.
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    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.
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  • 1965
    Age 21
    Relations grew so bad between the two that Bruce left the group in August 1965.
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  • 1964
    Age 20
    In 1964 Bruce married Janet Godfrey, who had been the secretary of the Graham Bond Organisation fan club and had collaborated with Bruce on two songs written for the group.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 19
    In 1963 the group broke up and Bruce went on to form the Graham Bond Quartet with Bond, Baker and guitarist John McLaughlin.
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  • 1962
    Age 18
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    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.
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