GCU pays tribute to Cream's Jack Bruce

27 October 2014

GCU pays tribute to Cream

Jack Bruce collects his honorary doctorate in 2009 with daughter Aruba Red

Scottish musician Jack Bruce, bassist in blues-rock group Cream, died on Saturday (October 25) aged 71.

He received an honorary doctorate from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in 2009. He again returned back home to Scotland in 2012, to play the Celtic Connections tribute concert for the late Gerry Rafferty.

Principal Professor Pamela Gillies said: “Jack Bruce crafted and performed some of the most memorable rock songs of all time. He was also a gentle, warm, modest and humorous family man. A wonderful role model for our students, he will be sorely missed."

Jack was born in Bishopbriggs, north of Glasgow, son of Charlie and Betty, who provided him musical inspiration through Scottish folk songs and traditional jazz.

He joined legendary supergroup Cream, formed by Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, and now considered one of the most important bands in rock history. They were given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire.

Jack attended many primary schools in Scotland and North America before the family settled in Glasgow, and he went to Bellahouston Academy. As a teenager, Bruce sang in a church choir, and went to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music to study the piano and cello.

He died on 25 October 2014 at his home in Suffolk from liver disease. He is survived by his second wife Margrit and his children.