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Cream's Jack Bruce Recovers from Liver Transplant

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Posted by jacophile ( on October 16, 2003 at 11:06:41:

Cream's Jack Bruce Recovers from Liver Transplant
Thu Oct 16, 2:38 AM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Scottish musician Jack Bruce (news), former bass player and vocalist with short-lived 1960s "supergroup" Cream, is recovering from a near-fatal liver transplant, his label said on Wednesday.

Bruce, 60, underwent the transplant in an English hospital on Sept. 19 after being diagnosed with liver cancer during the summer, Sanctuary Records said in a statement. He almost died after his body rejected the new liver, his kidneys failed and an infection set in.

"After being very critical for a period in which we almost lost him, Jack is now making a successful recovery," said the statement, attributed to Bruce's family.

Bruce is best known for his two-year stint in Cream, the groundbreaking blues-rock trio he formed in 1966 with guitarist Eric Clapton (news) and drummer Ginger Baker (news). With lyricist Pete Brown, Bruce co-wrote such hit singles as "I Feel Free" and "White Room."

Tension within the group contributed to its demise in 1968, after three studio albums and a farewell concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. Bruce continued to record and tour, and he reunited with Clapton and Baker in 1993 to play three songs at Cream's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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