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Jack Bruce (1943 -2014)
Bass Guitarist with the Cream

John Symon Asher Bruce Bruce was born on 14 May 1943 in Bishopbriggs, Lanarkshire, Scotland, 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. He began playing jazz bass in his teens and won a scholarship to study cello and musical composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

In the early 1960s, Jack joined the Graham Bond Organisation (GBO), where he met his future bandmate Ginger Baker. After leaving the GBO, he joined with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, where he met Eric Clapton, who also became his future bandmate. His time with the band was brief. In 1966, he formed Cream with lead guitarist Clapton and drummer Baker; he co-wrote many of their songs (including "Sunshine of Your Love", "White Room" and "I Feel Free") with poet/lyricist Pete Brown.

After the group disbanded in the late 1968 and he began recording solo albums. His first solo album, "Songs for a Tailor", released in 1969, was a worldwide hit. Jack then formed his own band to perform the material live, and subsequently formed a blues-rock band West, Bruce and Laing in 1972

Jack played at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1990, and was invited by the 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

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 and New York's Madison Square Garden.

Jack at his home at Alphamstone during 2003.

He was also a regular customer at a variety of local Public Houses, including the Kings Head in Pebmarsh, the Fox at Bulmer and the Swan Public in Bures.

A Facebook comment reads: Most Saturday mornings he could be found sitting at the bar in the White Horse in Sudbury and hardly anybody ever recognised him, which is probably why he kept on drinking there.

There is mention that Jack lived at Le Motte Hall in Pebmarsh during the 1970`s.
Sudbury Facebook comments reads:
"I know they had some pretty wild parties there back in the day with the likes of Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker.

Another "we used to have our annual Primary summer school fete at Le Motte in the 1970’s when Jack lived there, I recall the stalls and remember doing country dancing there

Left:- Jacks final home was in Goulds Rd, Alphamstone where he was well known amongs`t the local community.

He sadly died of liver disease at his home on 25 October 2014, aged 71. He was survived by his wife Margarit and four children.

His funeral was held in London at Golders Green Crematorium on 5 November 2014, which was attended by Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and a host of other notable musicians.

Writing in The Sunday Times,, Dan Cairns had suggested: "many consider him to be one of the greatest bass players of all time."
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Neil McCormick said, "There was a time when Jack Bruce was synonymous with the bass guitar in rock history, when he was widely revered as the best there was on four strings."
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd described Bruce as "probably the most musically gifted bass player who's ever been."

A tribute concert in memory of Jack, took place at the London Roundhouse on 24 October 2015 - the first anniversary of his death.
Artists playing include ex-Cream drummer Ginger Baker, Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, Joss Stone to name just a few.

Proceeds were divided equally towards Jack`s Special Charity, the three (East Anglian) Childrens Hospices in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Official Jack Bruce Web Site

Published by Alan Beales
Special thanks to Jeanne Quintile in New Jersey, USA for bringing this story to my attention
Reference Wikipedia
Sudbury Facebook Comments.