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Stars bid farewell to Jack Bruce

Guests including Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker paid a farewell in song to their former Cream bandmate and "all round legend" Jack Bruce at his funeral today.

They were among mourners who also included Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera and Procol Harum star Gary Brooker who were paying tribute to the Scottish-born bass player and singer who died 11 days ago as a result of liver disease.

The dozens who assembled inside Golders Green Crematorium in north London joined together to sing and hear his music, as well as add their voices to a performance of Strawberry Fields Forever.

Bruce, 71, was most famous for his role in the 1960s supergroup Cream, along with Baker and Clapton, who created enduring tracks such as White Room, Sunshine Of Your Love, I Feel Free and Badge.

The trio reformed for a series of shows in 2005, which included dates at the Royal Albert Hall.

His friend and Cream lyricist Pete Brown shared reminiscences with guests at today's service, which also included contributions from Bruce's son Malcolm, daughters Natasha and Kyla, a poem written by another son Corin and a tribute from his wife Margrit.

The guests sang Morning Has Broken, the Beatles hit Strawberry Fields Forever and Bruce's track Theme For An Imaginary Western to honour the man who was described in the order of service as a "beloved husband, father, granddad and all round legend".

Also attending were the US guitarist Vernon Reid and the musician and composer Nitin Sawhney.

Guests also heard music which had been specially written as a tribute to Bruce by Clapton, a recording of which was played through speakers at the service.

One of the late musician's bass guitars was displayed prominently, flanked by floral displays shaped like the bass clef motif, which was also pictured on the front of the order of service.


From Belfast Telegraph