Eric Clapton has recorded a heartfelt tribute song he wrote for his Cream band mate Jack Bruce, who died Saturday at the age of 71. The song, titled “For Jack, is posted on Clapton’s official website and Facebook page, and features Clapton humming a mournful tune as he accompanies himself on acoustic guitar.
Following Bruce’s passing, Clapton issued a statement that read, “It is with great sadness that we learned that Jack Bruce had passed away this morning at his home in England.
He was a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me.”
Meanwhile, Cream drummer Ginger Baker, who had a historically contentious relationship with Bruce, released his own statement that was posted on his official fan club’s Facebook page.
“I am very sad to learn of the loss of a fine man, Jack Bruce,” Baker write. “My thoughts & wishes are with his family at this difficult time.”
The last time Cream performed together was at two series of reunion shows held in May 2005 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and in October of that year at New York’s Madison Square Garden.