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John Symon Asher Bruce was a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter born 1943 in Bishopbriggs, UK. He was known primarily as a member of supergroup Cream, which also included the guitarist-singer Eric Clapton and the drummer Ginger Baker. Although recognized first and foremost as a bassist, vocalist and songwriter, he also played double bass, harmonica, piano, cello and guitar. He was trained as a classical cellist and considered himself a jazz musician, although much of his catalogue of compositions and recordings tended toward rock and blues. After leaving school Bruce immediately became immersed in London's jazz and blues scene, playing with groups Blues Incorporated, Alexis Korner and Graham Bond Organisation, where he first met drummer Ginger Baker. He also played briefly with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, where he met Eric Clapton. After the Bluesbreakers, Bruce had his first commercial success as a member of Manfred Mann in 1966, with "Pretty Flamingo" which reached number one in the UK singles chart. In July 1966 Bruce, Clapton and Baker founded Cream, which gained international recognition playing jazz inflected blues-rock. Bruce sang most of the lead vocals, with Clapton backing him up. After Cream, Bruce released a series of solo works, as well as collaborating in projects such as Tony Williams Lifetime, West, Bruce & Laing, and Robin Trower. His first solo album Songs For a Tailor from 1969 is superb. Other standouts include Harmony Row, Things We Like and Out of the Storm. The 2008 release Spirit: Live at the BBC 1971-1978 is also excellent. After his death many leading musicians hailed Bruce as a supreme bass player, including Roger Waters who regarded Bruce as "probably the most musically gifted bass player who's ever been."
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