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Eric Clapton amongst the mourners at Jack Bruce’s funeral

The influential bass player passed away last month at the age of 71

Eric Clapton was amongst the mourners at Jack Bruce‘s funeral.

The service for the Cream bass player – who passed away on October 25) of liver failure at the age of 71 – took place yesterday (November 5) at Golders Green Crematorium in London. His Cream bandmates Clapton and Ginger Baker were in attendance, as were Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, Procol Harum frontman Gary Brooker and Nitin Sawhney.

The songs ‘Morning Has Broken’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and Bruce’s ‘Theme For An Imaginary Western’ were played at the service as was a musical tribute written by Clapton, with speeches from friend Pete Brown, wife Margrit and their children Malcolm, Natasha and Kyla. One of Bruce’s bass guitars was on display, as were floral tributes in the shape of the bass clef.

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Bruce, Clapton and drummer Baker formed the hugely influential hard rock band Cream in 1966 and quickly released four albums that included the hits ‘I Feel Free’, ‘Strange Brew’, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ and ‘White Room’.

“He was a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me,” wrote Clapton on his official Facebook page. Baker also paid tribute to Bruce, releasing a statement to his official fan club: “I am very sad to learn of the loss of a fine man, Jack Bruce… My thoughts & wishes are with his family at this difficult time.”

Prior to starting Cream, Bruce enjoyed stints in Blues Incorporated, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann. Cream split in November 1968 but the Scot continued to release music under his own name and put out 14 solo albums in total. The most recent of these, ‘Silver Rails’, was released in March of this year.
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