Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1943: John Symon Asher “Jack” Bruce is born in Bishopbriggs, Lanarkshire, Scotland, to musical parents who move around a lot, resulting in the young Bruce attending 14 different schools. He takes up jazz bass in his teens, and wins a scholarship studying cello and composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Bruce plays in a dance band to support himself. The academy disapproves of its students playing jazz, however. Given the choice of quitting jazz or college, Bruce leaves school. He is best-known as an electric bass guitarist, harmonica player and pianist, and most famous as a vocalist and the bass guitarist with the short-lived supergroup Cream. Prior to joining Cream in July 1966, however, Bruce has a turn with Manfred Mann, notably on the #1 hit Pretty Flamingo. We lose Bruce way too soon in October 2014.