Stars including Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker have paid a farewell in song to their former Cream bandmate Jack Bruce at his funeral.
Jack Bruce died on October 25 as a result of liver disease.
Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker were among a number of musicians who joined Jack Bruce’s family at Golders Green Crematorium in north London.
They sang songs including Morning Has Broken and Strawberry Fields Forever.
Jack Bruce died on October 25 as a result of liver disease
The order of service described Jack Bruce, who was 71 when he died, as a “beloved husband, father, granddad and all round legend”.
His friend and Cream lyricist Pete Brown shared reminiscences with guests, which also included contributions from Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm, daughters Natasha and Kyla, a poem written by another son Corin and a tribute from his wife Margrit.
Jack Bruce, who was originally from Bishopbriggs near Glasgow, was said to have been one of the best bass players in the history of rock music.
He was most famous for his role alongside Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton in Cream. The 1960s supergroup 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.
Also attending the funeral service were the Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, Procol Harum star Gary Brooker, guitarist Vernon Reid and the musician and composer Nitin Sawhney.
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Drummer Ricky Lawson has died at a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism at the age of 59.
He collaborated with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston.
Ricky Lawson collaborated with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston
Ricky Lawson’s uncle, Paul Riser of Detroit, said Tuesday that Lawson was removed from life support 10 days after the aneurism diagnosis and died around 7 p.m. Monday.
Ricky Lawson was being treated at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, California, about 25 miles south of Los Angeles.
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Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter JJ Cale had died of heart attack at the age of 74.
An announcement on his personal website said JJ Cale had passed away at a hospital in La Jolla, California, on Friday.
JJ Cale helped originate the Tulsa Sound, combining blues, rockabilly, and country
Born in Oklahoma, JJ Cale helped originate the Tulsa Sound, combining blues, rockabilly, and country. He became famous in 1970, when Eric Clapton covered his song After Midnight.
JJ Cale recorded more than a dozen albums over four decades.
JJ Cale’s songs were covered by Carlos Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, Bryan Ferry, among others.
In 1977 Eric Clapton also popularized JJ Cale’s Cocaine.
Oil painting Abstraktes Bild by the German artist Gerhard Richter has sold for £21 million ($34 million) – an auction record for a work by a living artist.
Abstraktes Bild, painted in 1994 , which was owned by rock star Eric Clapton, has been described as a “masterpiece of calculated chaos”.
The artwork, expected to fetch £9-12 million, was sold to an anonymous bidder at Sotheby’s in London on Friday.
A round of applause broke out as the painting went under the hammer.
Gerhard Richter, 80, who lives in Cologne, is considered by some to be the world’s greatest living painter.
Abstraktes Bild, painted in 1994, has been described as a masterpiece of calculated chaos
Sotheby’s called Abstraktes Bild a “paradigm of Gerhard Richter’s mature artistic and philosophical achievement”.
Before the sale, Alex Branczik, senior director of contemporary art at Sotheby’s, said of the painting: “Abstraktes Bild is one of the great abstract masterpieces by Gerhard Richter.
“Its appearance on the market presents collectors with the unique opportunity to acquire an outstanding work by one of the greatest living painters.”
A sister painting of the artwork is currently jointly owned by the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Eric Clapton is a known art collector.
Even before the sale, the Sunday Times Rich List estimated the Cream guitarist’ s wealth at some £140 million, making him the 17th-richest British musician.
He has previously sold off part of his extensive guitar collection to raise money for his rehab clinic, which he founded in 1998 to help treat drug and alcohol addiction.