Tag: Jack Bruce

Monday 2pm ET: Feature Artist – Cream

Cream were a British rock band formed in London in 1966. The group consisted of bassist Jack Bruce, guitarist Eric Clapton, and drummer Ginger Baker. All three members sang lead and backing vocals. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire (1968), is the world’s first platinum-selling double album. Formed from members of previously successful bands, they are widely regarded as the world’s first supergroup. In their career, they sold more than 15 million records worldwide. Their music spanned many genres of rock music, including blues rock (“Crossroads”, “Born Under a Bad Sign”), psychedelic rock (“Strange Brew”, “White Room”), and hard rock (“Sunshine of Your Love”, “SWLABR”).

The band made a significant impact on the popular music of the time, and, along with Jimi Hendrix and other notable guitarists and bands, popularised the use of the wah-wah pedal. They provided a heavy yet technically proficient musical theme that foreshadowed and influenced the emergence of British bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath in the late 1960s and the early 1970s. They also influenced American southern rock groups the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band’s live performances influenced progressive rock acts such as Rush.

Cream were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. They were included in both Rolling Stone and VH1’s lists of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, at number 67 and 61 respectively. They were also ranked number 16 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”.

In an interview with BBC 6 Music in April 2010, Bruce confirmed that there would be no more Cream shows: “Cream is over.” Bruce died on October 25, 2014 and Baker died on October 6, 2019, leaving Clapton as the last surviving member.

Artist Countdown Special: Eric Clapton Top 50 Hits 6pm ET

Eric ClaptonThis RadioMax Artist Countdown features Eric Clapton with the Yardbirds, Cream, Plastic Ono Band and his solo career.

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is an English musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and fourth in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”. He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009

In the mid-1960s, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton joined Cream, a power trio with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and “arty, blues-based psychedelic pop”. For most of the 1970s, Clapton’s output bore the influence of the mellow style of JJ Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” helped reggae reach a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were “Layla”, recorded while he was a member of band Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads”, recorded by band Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton’s grief was expressed in the song “Tears in Heaven”, which featured in his Unplugged album.

Clapton has been the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004, he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers.

1 Tears in Heaven
2 Change the World (with Babyface) 
3 Wonderful Tonight
4 Layla (live, unplugged) 
5 I Shot the Sheriff 
6 Promises
7 White Room (Cream)
8 After Midnight
9 Lay Down Sally 
10 My Father’s Eyes
11 For Your Love (Yardbirds)
12 Sunshine of Your Love (Cream)
13 Badge (Cream)
14 It’s Probably Me (with Sting)
15 I’ve Got a Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart
16 Runaway Train (with Elton John)
17 Layla (Derek & The Dominioes)
18 I Wish It Would Rain Down (with Phil Collins)
19 Love Can Build a Bridge (with Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry)
20 Swing Low Sweet Chariot
21 Forever Man
22 Pretending
23 Anyone for Tennis (The Savage Seven theme) (Cream)
24 Willie and the Hand Jive
25 The Core (with Marcy Levy)
26 Hello Old Friend
27 I Can’t Stand It
28 Tulsa Time
29 Strange Brew (Cream)
30 Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
31 Cold Turkey (Plastic Ono Band)
32 I Feel Free (Cream)
33 Motherless Child
34 Bad Love
35 Tearing Us Apart (with Tina Turner)
36 Let It Rain
37 It’s in the Way That You Use It
38 Run So Far
39 Circus
40 Behind the Mask
41 Carnival
42 Watch Out For Lucy
43 No Alibis
44 The Shape You’re In
45 Blues Power 
46 Another Ticket
47 See What Love Can Do
48 Holy Mother
49 Let it Grow
50 Believe in Life