Cream

Biography: Cream was a heavy blues/rock band of the late 1960s featuring Eric Clapton on guitar, Jack Bruce on electric bass and Ginger Baker on drums.

The creation of Cream followed Clapton's departure from The Yardbirds and his brief stint with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Clapton loved the blues and wanted to play it, but he was also surrounded by the British Invasion that was in full swing. His desire was to combine the two into a unique form of music that was not being done. He saw that the Yardbirds would not be the place for this to happen and that John Mayall was not interested in his vision of a new style. Clapton asked Bruce to be in the band and then invited Baker to join, even though Bruce and Baker were notoriously at each other's throats on stage in their former band. This would provide some high energy during their infamous long jamming versions of their songs. Cream's music would rely heavily on the classic blues but in the context of a heavy rock gallery.
Cream was a heavy blues/rock band of the late 1960s featuring Eric Clapton on guitar, Jack Bruce on electric bass and Ginger Baker on drums.

The creation of Cream followed Clapton's departure from The Yardbirds and his brief stint with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Clapton loved the blues and wanted to play it, but he was also surrounded by the British Invasion that was in full swing. His desire was to combine the two into a unique form of music that was not being done. He saw that the Yardbirds would not be the place for this to happen and that John Mayall was not interested in his vision of a new style.

Clapton asked Bruce to be in the band and then invited Baker to join, even though Bruce and Baker were notoriously at each other's throats on stage in their former band. This would provide some high energy during their infamous long jamming versions of their songs.

Cream's music would rely heavily on the classic blues but in the context of a heavy rock gallery. Possibly the first "jam band" in the strictest sense, Cream's performances would feature extremely long versions of their songs and would showcase 20 to 30 minutes solos from each member, with the other two not on stage.
But it would be the infighting and disagreements that would eventually bring the group down. Clapton had originally wanted Steve Winwood in the band on vocals and organ and immediately drafted him into his new band "Blind Faith", along with Baker, as soon as Cream was officially disbanded.

In it's brief 30 month history, Cream would unknowingly change rock band history and it's musical styles forever.
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