This Day in Music History — November 2

1968 : Cream is presented with a platinum album for Wheels Of Fire at the Madison Square Garden stop of their farewell tour.

1979 : The Who’s musical film Quadrophenia, featuring a small part played by Sting, opens in US theaters.

1985 : When Part Time Lover tops the charts, Stevie Wonder becomes the artist with the longest time between #1 hits at 22 years (The Beach Boys would later break it with Kokomo). This song also sets a record by going to #1 on four different Billboard charts.

2006 : Justin Timberlake hosts the MTV Europe Music Awards, where he also wins for Best Male Artist and Best Pop Artist. Gnarls Barkley wins best song for Crazy.

2013 : ‘N Sync reunites for Chris Kirkpatrick’s wedding, as his four bandmates serve as groomsmen for his nuptials to Karly Skladany.

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Eric Clapton Honors Jack Bruce with a New Song

Eric Clapton is a legend. Earlier this week, Clapton posted a new song on his facebook page in memory of his former Cream bandmate, Jack Bruce. Bruce passed away over the weekend from liver disease. In another Facebook post, Clapton called Bruce “a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me.” Listen to the instrumental song below.

Former Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dies from Liver Disease

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Jack Bruce, Cream’s former bassist, songwriter and singer, has died of liver disease at the age of 71.

“It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend,” his family said in a statement, according to The Guardian. “The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

Bruce was the principal singer and songwriter in Cream, co-writing hits including “White Room” and “Sunshine of Your Love” with lyricist Pete Brown. He had an ongoing rivalry with drummer Ginger Baker that guitarist Eric Clapton was often helpless to stop.

Bruce struggled with drug addiction and financial troubles in the 1970s after Cream’s breakup, but continued to play as a session musician and as part of small groups. In 2003 he underwent a liver transplant after being diagnosed with cancer, and played with a reunited Cream for a series of shows in 2005.

[The Guardian]