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Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce

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Full NameJack Bruce
Net Worth$20 Million
Date Of BirthMay 14, 1943
Age76 years 3 months
DiedOctober 25, 2014
Place Of BirthBishopbriggs, United Kingdom
ProfessionBassist, Singer, Songwriter, Actor
EducationRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
NationalityBritish, Scottish
SpouseMargrit Seyffer (m. 1979–2014), Rosie Miller (m. 1977–1978), Janet Godfrey (m. 1964–1973)
ChildrenAruba Red, Corin Bruce, Kyla Bruce, Jonas Bruce, Malcolm Bruce
ParentsCharlie Bruce, Betty Bruce
FacebookJack Bruce Facebook
Music GroupsCream (1966 – 1968), more
MoviesSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Quotes of Jack Bruce

1Would I do another [Cream] reunion? Sure, I'd be there like a shot. Ah, but... you know how these things are.
2There are some of my peers - and I'm not going to name names - who have been awful fathers. You could argue that it's the nature of the business, but I wouldn't agree with that. Some musicians I know are incredible fathers. Like Keith Richards. A fantastic dad. You wouldn't think it, but, if times were tough, you could be sure Keith would be there. If you needed somebody to do the school run, Keith was your man.
3Unfortunately, I also had to spend long periods away from home. Because of some problems I'd had with managers and record contracts, touring was the only way I could make any money, so I was always on the road. My first family suffered even more from this, because of the madness that surrounded Cream and the aftermath of Cream, but I was doing my best - with Margrit's constant vigilance and assistance - to have a proper relationship with my family.
4If there is such a thing as an addictive gene, then I had it. I had been getting through vast quantities of heroin for several years. Not sniffing, snorting or smoking it - I was mainlining. When the doctors saw me, they said I was one of the worst cases they'd ever seen. Obviously I tried to get off the stuff - I'd done acupuncture, cold turkey, rehab, sleep therapy, you name it - but heroin gets you like that. It steals your soul and takes its place. And let me tell you, it's not a particularly good substitute.
5I'd already been through marriage and had two kids by the time I met Natascha's mum, Margrit. We met in '79 and suddenly I had this whole new life. I moved to Margrit's house in Germany, we got married and Natascha came along 13 days after the wedding. We just got down the aisle in time.Because I'd already been a dad and my boys were quite grown-up, I foolishly thought that I knew all there was to know about being a parent. Well, I didn't. No parent does. You make all the same mistakes. And you make some new mistakes, too. But, let's be honest here, I've never claimed to be a "great" parent. I think I'm an okay parent, but I'd put myself in the category of a musician-who-happened-to-become-a-father. I'm definitely not a father-who-happened-to-be-a-musician.
6Most rock stars are very good at one thing, and no disrespect to that. But I would have been bored in five minutes if that was all it had been about.
7Asked whom he regards as the best bass players in pop and rock history: "If you're talking electric bass, it's very, very simple: James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius, me."
8Even Eric Clapton, with his tremendous solo success - it's still Cream that people want to talk about. He complains about it too.
9I was working in Italy on an American air base, and I got very friendly with a lot of the black guys there. And that was when I first heard Charles Mingus. I immediately realised that that was what I wanted to be: a bass player who composed. I knew that I wanted to write, but I hadn't put the two things together. As soon as I heard him, that was it.
10When he joined Blues Incorporated they played a lot of "society gigs: Lady Londonderry's ball, stuff like that - because Alexis Korner was a hooray. We'd do things like Lord Rothschild's party: that was quite a gig. Ginger Baker, who was using a lot of dope at the time, ended up asleep in Lord Rothschild's bed, and I remember flouncing off down the drive and his lordship running after me going, 'Please don't go.' And the Duke of Edinburgh [Prince Philip] coming up and saying: 'Could you play a waltz?' 'No we fucking can't.' "
11I honestly think that if it hadn't been for that band [Cream], I would have had a perfectly respectable career in perhaps a more esoteric way.

Quick Facts of Jack Bruce

1His parents traveled extensively in Canada and the USA, and Jack attended 14 different schools. He attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, to which he won a scholarship for cello and composition.
2He left Scotland at age 16, and eventually went to London where he became a member of the influential Alexis Korner's Blues Inc, where Charlie Watts, later to join the Rolling Stones, was the drummer.
3Recovers from liver transplant he underwent 19 September 2003. [March 2004]
4Played bass (as did fellow bass player Percy Jones) for the Liverpool Group, The Scaffold, comprising of Mike McGear (Paul McCartney's brother), Roger McGough (the poet) and John Gorman who recorded the hit record, "Lily the Pink".
5Was the only member of Cream not to be from England; he was born in Scotland.
6Cream Reunion Concert (2005) was the first time Cream had played together since their 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
7In May of 2005, reunited with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker for a Cream reunion concert.
8Cream were voted the 66th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone.
9He was in a super-group in the seventies: West, Bruce & Lange with Mountain members (drummer and guitarist) Corky Laing and Leslie West
10He was an influence on acclaimed Level 42 bassist Mark King, who paid tribute to Bruce by covering Cream's "I Feel Free", on his solo album, "Influences" (released 1984).
11Also a successful solo artist since the 1960s.
12Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Cream) in 1993.
13Bassist and vocalist for Cream.
14Member of 1960s bands John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Cream.

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