5-14-13 Jack Bruce
Happy birthday Jack Bruce ! (Born 1943)
I think the first recordings by Jack Bruce are with either Manfred Mann or the Graham Bond Organization; kind of a coin toss!
I know there’s a new 4CD boxed set of the Graham Bond Organization that’s supposed to have some stereo GBO titles! Not just that crappy sounding live album that Charly seems to re-issue every now and again!
The first we all heard of Jack Bruce was “I Feel Free” by Cream, after it was all a done deal, Eric Clapton already being “God”, people already being ‘afraid’ of Ginger Baker – because of his famous temper!
I am too young to have seen Cream play live. I wouldn’t have known about it anyway; I wasn’t reading the music trade papers when Cream were together…yet! I only got the US releases as I could find them. Had to get the “Best Of” album to get “Spoonful”; I never knew about the US 45 of it until decades later!
The idea of a Jack Bruce solo career has always appealed to me; my favorite is probably “How’s Tricks?” – but I am biased; I saw that tour!
In the 80’s, I met and befriended Pete Brown, Mr. Bruce’s lyricist. I still hum “Doing That Scrapyard Thing” to myself at inopportune times (at work, drinking etc.)