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Jack Bruce, Bassist for Rock’s Cream, Dies at 71

Versatile and influential player had jazz and blues background

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Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist and primary vocalist of one of rock’s most influential trios, Cream, died today (Oct. 25) at age 71 at his home in Suffolk, England. The cause was liver disease-Bruce had received a liver transplant in 2003.

Although he was heralded primarily for his work with Cream-along with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker-and other blues-oriented bands, Bruce began as a jazz musician in his teens and dabbled in the music both before and after Cream, which reigned only from 1966-68.

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