Bruce, Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker formed the hugely influential hard rock band 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, as reported by Rolling Stone. The guitarist followed up the post with a short acoustic track titled ‘For Jack’.
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 2014.
“It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend,” read a statement released by Bruce’s family. “The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”
Slash, Ringo Starr and Tony Iommi have been among the musicians to voice their sadness over Bruce’s death via Twitter.
Just heard the news of Jack Bruce passing; he was a prince of a man. & an icon of his generation, my generation & generations to come. RIP.
— Slash (@Slash) October 26, 2014
Very sad to hear of the passing of Jack Bruce, a major influence in music and an amazing bass player and singer. He was a hero to so many.
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) October 25, 2014
Jack Bruce CREAM RIP http://t.co/JKUmBoYYqH
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) October 26, 2014
RIP Jack Bruce. So sad to hear this great pioneering rock musician is gone. Inspiring to us all. I'll be listening to BADGE tonight. Bri
— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) October 25, 2014
Jack Bruce (1943-2014) was amazing as a member of Cream. Plus his solo record "Things We Like" gave Smif n Wessun the sample for "Bucktown"
— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) October 26, 2014