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Jack Bruce laid to rest

Cream icon Jack Bruce was laid to rest yesterday after bandmates Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker took part in a musical tribute during his funeral.

The bassist and vocalist’s family had invited fans to attend the start of the ceremony at London’s Golders Green crematorium, after thanking them for their messages of support since his death at 71 last month.

Clapton led the congregation in a rendition of the Beatles’ Strawberry Fields Forever, supported by family and friends including Cream lyricist Pete Brown, Phil Manzanera, Gary Brooker and Vernon Reid. Cat Stevens’ Morning Has Broken and Bruce’s Theme For An Imaginary Western were also sung.

The service also included reminiscences from Brown and tributes from Bruce’s wife Margrit, son Malcolm and daughters Natasha and Kyla. Son Corin contributed a poem.

The late musician’s family praised him as a “beloved husband, father, granddad and all-round legend.”

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.