Jack Bruce, best known as one third of Cream, has died of liver disease. In a statement issued by his family on Saturday, his family said: ““It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”
To pay tribute, here are 25 Things You Need To Know About Jack Bruce.
1. Bruce was born to musical parents who moved frequently, resulting in the young Bruce attending 14 different schools.
2. He won a scholarship to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, while playing in Jim McHarg’s Scotsville Jazzband to support himself. The Academy disapproved of its students playing jazz. “They found out,” Bruce told Musician correspondent Jim Macnie, “and said ‘you either stop, or leave college.’ So I left college.”
3. Bruce was trained as a classical cellist, and he considered himself a jazz musician, although much of he’s really more known for music that tended toward blues and rock and roll.
4. In 1962, Bruce became a member of the London-based band Blues Incorporated, led by Alexis Korner, in which he played the upright bass. The band also included organist Graham Bond, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith and drummer Ginger Baker.
5. In 1963, the group broke up and Bruce went on to form the Graham Bond Quartet with Bond, Baker, and guitarist John McLaughlin. They played an eclectic range of music genres, including bebop, blues and rhythm and blues. As a result of session work at this time, Bruce switched from the upright bass to the electric bass guitar.
6. As a result of session work at this time, Bruce switched from the upright bass to the electric bass guitar.
7. After leaving the Graham Bond Quartet, Bruce recorded a solo single, “I’m Gettin Tired”, for Polydor Records. He soon after joined John Mayall and his John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers group, which featured guitarist Eric Clapton.
8. After the Bluesbreakers, Bruce tasted his first commercial success as a member of Manfred Mann in 1966, including “Pretty Flamingo” which reached number one in the UK singles chart.
9. It was his first of two number one singles – the other being an uncredited bass part on The Scaffold’s “Lily the Pink.”
10. While with Manfred Mann, Bruce again collaborated with Eric Clapton as a member of Powerhouse, which also featured the Spencer Davis Group vocalist Steve Winwood credited as Steve Anglo. The 3 tracks were featured on the Elektra sampler album What’s Shakin’. Two of the songs, “Crossroads” and “Steppin’ Out”, became staples in the live set of his next band – Cream.
11. Bruce, with his Gibson EB-3 electric bass, became one of the most famous bassists in rock, winning musicians’ polls and influencing the next generation of bassists such as Sting, Geddy Lee and Jeff Berlin. Bruce co-wrote most of Cream’s single releases with lyricist Pete Brown, including the hits, “Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, and “I Feel Free”.
12. In 1968, Cream broke up.
13. In 1972, Bruce formed a blues rock power trio, West, Bruce & Laing. Besides Bruce, the group included singer/guitarist Leslie West and drummer Corky Laing, both formerly of the Cream-influenced American band Mountain. West, Bruce & Laing produced two studio albums, Why Dontcha and Whatever Turns You On, and one live album, Live ‘n’ Kickin’.
14. In 1973, Bruce recorded bass guitar for Lou Reed’s Berlin album playing on all but two tracks.
15. A 1975 tour was lined up to support the Out of the Storm album with a band featuring former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and jazz keyboard player Carla Bley, with whom he had collaborated in 1971 on Escalator over the Hill. The tour was documented on Live ’75 (at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall), but it ended with Taylor’s departure, and no studio album was completed.
16. In the late 70s, Bruce formed new bands with musicians such as Simon Phillips, members from the Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham. A 3-CD collection of his 1970s BBC recordings called Spirit was released in 2008.
17. By 1979, Bruce’s drug habit had reached such a level that he had lost most of his money. He kept touring and recording with Robin Trower, Bruce Gary from The Knack, and Anton Fier’s Golden Palominos.
18. In 1989, Bruce began recording material with Ginger Baker and released another solo album, A Question of Time. Baker and Bruce toured the United States at turn of the decade. Bruce played at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1990, and was invited by Irish blues rock performer, Rory Gallagher (who had a long-standing relationship with Bruce, having supported Cream’s farewell concert in the band Taste in 1968) to perform a couple of songs together onstage.
19. Bruce had suffered a period of declining health, and in 2003 was diagnosed with liver cancer. In September 2003, he underwent a liver transplant, which was almost fatal, as his body initially rejected the new organ.
20. In May 2005, he reunited with former Cream bandmates Clapton and Baker for a series of well-received concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall, released as the album Royal Albert Hall London May 2–3–5–6 2005, and New York’s Madison Square Garden.
21. In October 2009, Bruce performed at the 50th anniversary of Ronnie Scott’s Club with the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Band. After garnering good reviews, three further dates at the club were added in March 2010.
22. At the 2011 North American Music Merchants Show, Bruce became only the third recipient of the International Bassist Award, a lifetime achievement award for bassists, after Jaco Pastorius and Nathan Watts. Asked whom he regards as the best bass players in pop and rock history: “If you’re talking electric bass, it’s very, very simple: James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius, me.”
23. “Spectrum Road” was released in June 2012 by the US jazz record label Palmetto Records. It was accompanied by a series of dates at large jazz festivals in North America and Europe throughout June and July.
24. Bruce released new studio album “Silver Rails” in March 2014 on the Esoteric Antenna, his first solo studio album in over a decade. “Silver Rails” was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and features contributions from Cream (band) lyricists Pete Brown, Kip Hanrahan and wife Margrit Seyffer as well as musicians Robin Trower, Cindy Blackman, Phil Manzanera, Uli Jon Roth, John Medeski and Bernie Marsden. Bruce’s son Malcolm Bruce pre-produced the album and played guitar on several tracks and Bruce’s daughter Aruba Red was featured on “Hidden Cities” singing backing vocals.
25. “We all have roles in life. I’m a dad, a husband, this and that, but basically I only feel justified in being alive when I’m on the stage.”
CBC Music: Rock channels Top 10’s for the week of October 3, 2014
Rock Top 10: listen here: http://music.cbc.ca/stream/genre/rock/rock
1. The Black Keys – Gotta Get Away from Turn Blue (Nonesuch)
2. Big Wreck – Hey Mama from Ghosts (Anthem)
3. One Bad Son – Satellite Hotel from Black Buffalo (604)
4. Rise Against – I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore from The Black Market (Universal)
5. Nickelback – Edge Of A Revolution from No Fixed Address (Universal)
6. Fuel – Cold Summer from Puppet Strings (Sony)
7. Royal Blood – Figure It Out from Royal Blood (Black Mammoth)
8. Bastille – Flaws from Bad Blood (Virgin)
9. Jack White – Would You Fight For My Love? from Lazaretto (Third Man)
10. Our Lady Peace – Won’t Turn Back from digital single (Coalition)
Indie Top 10: listen here: http://music.cbc.ca/stream/genre/rock/indie
1. Interpol – All The Rage Back Home from El Pintor (Matador)
2. Man Man – Pink Wonton from On Oni Pond (Anti)
3. Of Montreal – Hegira Emigre from Lousy With Sylvainbriar (Polyvinyl)
4. Goat – Hide From The Sun from Commune (Sub Pop)
5. Cloud Nothings – Physic Trauma from Here And Nowhere Else (Carpark)
6. Foals – Late Night from Holy Fire (Transgressive)
7. King Tuff – Magic Mirror from Black Moon Spell (Sub Pop)
8. Alt-J – Left Hand Free from This Is All Yours (Infectious)
9. The Raveonettes – Sisters from Pe’hai (The Beat Dies)
10. The Rentals – 1000 Seasons from Lost In Alphaville (Polyvinyl)
CBC Radio3 Top 10: listen here: http://music.cbc.ca/stream/station/radio3/cbc-radio-3
1. Library Voices – Windsor Hum from For John EP (Prairie Shag)
2. Meligrove Band – Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye from Bones Of Things (We Are Busy Bodies)
3. Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Vessel from 7” single (Arts & Crafts)
4. Arkells – Come To Light from High Noon (Universal)
5. New Pornographers – Dancehall Domine from Brill Bruisers (Last Gang)
6. Hey Rosetta! – Kintsukuroi from Second Sight (Sonic)
7. Stella Ella Ola – Hypersleep from I Think We Should Hang Out All The Time (Royal Mountain)
8. Sam Roberts Band – Shapeshifters from Lo-Fantasy (Universal)
9. Alvvays – Atop A Cake from Alvvays (Royal Mountain)
10. July Talk – Summer Dress from Guns And Ammunition EP (Sleepless)
The Richest has published a list of the 10 wealthiest bassist in music, and while the names probably won’t surprise you, their placement might. Of course, the top spot is a given: Paul McCartney, perhaps the most famous bassist of all-time, is worth $1.2 billion, some $900 million more than the next richest. The Police’s Sting and KISS’ Gene Simmons are both worth an estimated $300 million and, thus, tied for second.
Despite having the highest-grossing tour of all-time, Roger Waters peaks at No. 4 with a net worth of $270. He’s followed by U2’s Adam Clayton and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea. At No. 7, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones is reportedly worth $80 million, which seems a little low given the band’s place in rock history and constant reissues. The same can also be said about Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, who places behind No Doubt’s Tony Kanal.
Check out the full list below.
01. Paul McCartney – $1.2 billion
02. Sting – $300 million
02. Gene Simmons (KISS) – $300 million
04. Roger Waters – $270 million
05. Adam Clayton (U2) – $150 million
06. Flea – $115 million
07. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) – $80 million
08. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) – $65 million
09. Tony Kanal (No Doubt) – $45 million
10. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) – $40 million
Nielsen SoundScan has released its first report on streaming services in Canada. The data combines streams from YouTube, Rdio, Google Plus, Slacker, Nokia and Xbox. The numbers are pretty small compared to the US, but it’s still early – and with Pandora launching to the select few, these stream total will explode shortly.
Top of the list is “Dark Horse” with Katy Perry featuring Juicy J with 795.8K streams, followed by “Fancy” with Iggy Asalea f/t Charlie XCX at 653.1K. Sia’s “Chandalier” comes in 3rd with 527.9K streams.
The top 100 list reads like a CHR top 100 countdown chart with a few retro cuts in-between, including Survivor’s 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger” scoring 100.8K spins and placing 94th on the 100 list, Blue Swede’s “Hooked on A Feeling” with 170.5K spins at 39 (from 127) and Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass’s “Spanish Flea” logging 211.1K streams and jumping 310 to 29 on the chart.
Only two Canadians make the 100 list: “Rude” by Magic! logged 278.9K streams, placing 10th on the list and faux Canadian Robin Thicke (featuring T.I. + Pharrell) ranks 79th with “Blurred Lines registering 114K streams.
Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass is being praised for its catchy beat and body positive lyrics such as: “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top” and “It’s pretty clear I ain’t no size 2, but I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do”. The song depicts the “ideal” skinny body type as overrated and promotes body acceptance and celebrates men and women of all sizes and shapes.
1 All About That Bass Meghan Trainor
2 Maps Maroon 5
3 Stolen Dance Milky Chance
4 Am I Wrong Nico & Vinz
5 Chandelier Sia
6 Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
7 Stay With Me Sam Smith
8 Hideaway Kiesza
9 Anaconda Nicki Minaj
10 Love Runs Out OneRepublic
Titled Awesome Mix Vol 1, the soundtrack features heavily throughout the film as a cassette of Seventies rock, pop and soul classics that lead character Star Lord listens to as he journeys through space.
1 Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various Artists
2 High Noon Arkells
3 1000HP Godsmack
4 Stolen Dance – EP Milky Chance
5 In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith
6 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer
7 They Want My Soul Spoon
8 x (Deluxe Edition) Ed Sheeran
9 5:01 Tim Hicks
10 TRXYE – EP Troye Sivan
From Consequence Of Sound:
This year has already seen Jack White produce the fastest pressed-and-released vinyl record ever and score the biggest single-week vinyl sales since 1991. Now he can add “biggest selling vinyl LP of any year since 1994″ to the list.
Billboard reports that with 60,000 copies sold, Lazaretto is not only the highest selling vinyl of the year, but the biggest since Pearl Jam released Vitalogy in 1994. The tricked-out Lazaretto ultra LP alone sold 40,000 copies in just its first week.
For comparison, Arctic Monkey’s AM has the second-biggest sales figure with 29,000 units moved. 2013’s highest seller was Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories with 49,000 sold.
Keep in mind that, yes, Soundscan’s vinyl tracking only goes back to 1991.
Alanis Morissette comes back to Canada this summer for a handful of dates, including August 15th at Casino Rama. No stranger to massively-successful albums, she continues a long career releasing well-crafted introspective music meriting contention alongside such huge-selling examples of the form as Carole King’s Tapestry and Adele’s 19 and 21. Let’s take a look at 35 things you oughta know about Alanis.
She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards.
Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995, has sold more than 33 million units globally.
She has two siblings, including twin brother (12 minutes younger) and fellow musician Wade Morissette.
She appeared on the children’s television show You Can’t Do That on Television for five episodes when she was in elementary school.
Morissette recorded her first demo called “Fate Stay With Me” produced by Lindsay Thomas Morgan at Marigold Studios in Toronto, engineered by Rich Dodson of Canadian classic rock band, The Stampeders.
John Alexander, head of A&R for MCA Records Canada, first heard a demo tape from Morissette in 1983, when she was nine years old. He called it “very promising. Her voice was very strong, and it was remarkable that the tape included some original songs written by her at that age.” However, he decided not to sign her to a record deal because “from an A&R standpoint, I said, ‘What am I going to do with a nine-year-old?'”
In 1991 MCA Records Canada released Morissette’s debut album, Alanis, in Canada only. She was nominated for three 1992 Juno Awards: Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year (which she won), Single of the Year and Best Dance Recording (both for “Too Hot”).
She was the opening act for Vanilla Ice on his To the Extreme Tour in 1991.
In 1992, she released her second album, Now Is the Time, a ballad-driven record that featured less glitzy production than Alanis and contained more thoughtful lyrics. She said of the album, “people could go, ‘Boo, hiss, hiss, this girl’s like another Tiffany or whatever.’ But the way I look at it … people will like your next album if it’s a suck-ass one.”
It sold less than half of her debut. With her two-album deal with MCA Records Canada complete, Morissette was left without a major label contract.
In 1993, after graduating from high school, Morissette moved from Ottawa to Toronto. Her publisher funded part of her development and when she met producer and songwriter Glen Ballard, he believed in her talent enough to let her use his studio. The two wrote and recorded Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, and by the spring of 1995, she had signed a deal with Maverick Records. According to manager Scott Welch every label they had approached had passed on Morissette apart from Maverick.
Los Angeles’ KROQ-FM, an influential Los Angeles modern rock radio station, began playing “You Oughta Know”, the album’s first single, before anyone else.
After the success of “You Oughta Know”, the album’s other hit singles helped send Jagged Little Pill to the top of the charts. “All I Really Want” and “Hand in My Pocket” followed, but the fourth U.S. single, “Ironic”, became Morissette’s biggest hit. “You Learn” and “Head over Feet”, the fifth and sixth singles, respectively, kept Jagged Little Pill (1995) in the top twenty on the Billboard 200 albums chart for more than a year.
The album had charting success worldwide, peaking at number one in her native Canada for 24 weeks (three weeks in late 1995, an unbroken 19-week run in 1996 and two separate weeks later in the year) as well as reaching number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, staying there for 12 non-consecutive weeks. By 2009, the album had sold over 33 million units/copies worldwide, topping the charts in 10 countries, including the UK, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Finland and the Netherlands and even ranking on the top 100 on many countries’ best selling of all time lists. Billboard further ranked the album as the number one Best Selling Pop album of the 1990s.
Jagged Little Pill is the second biggest selling album by a female artist (behind Shania Twain’s Come On Over).
Morissette and the album won six Juno Awards in 1996: Album of the Year, Single of the Year (“You Oughta Know”), Female Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Best Rock Album. At the 1996 Grammy Awards, she won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song (both for “You Oughta Know”), Best Rock Album and Album of the Year. In winning Album of the Year, she became the youngest artist in history to win the title at age 21, a record she held for fourteen years until Taylor Swift won album of the year at age 20 for her album Fearless.
Later in 1996, Morissette embarked on an 18-month world tour in support of Jagged Little Pill, beginning in small clubs and ending in large venues. Taylor Hawkins, who later joined the Foo Fighters, was the tour’s drummer.
Morissette was featured as a guest vocalist on Ringo Starr’s cover of “Drift Away” on his 1998 album, Vertical Man, and on the songs “Don’t Drink the Water” and “Spoon” on the Dave Matthews Band album Before These Crowded Streets.
In 1999, Morissette delved into acting again, for the first time since 1993, appearing as God in the Kevin Smith comedy Dogma.
Her fourth album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 469,000 copies—a record, at the time, for the highest first-week sales of an album by a female artist.
The cover image is Alanis’s mouth while laughing and the following text printed over that image that refers to The Eight Precepts of Buddhism.
“We ask you to abide
by the following
moral code upon
Please refrain from
playing music, singing
please dress respectfully.”
Morissette herself directed the videos for “Unsent” and “So Pure”, which won, respectively, the MuchMusic Video Award for Best Director and the Juno Award for Video of the Year.
In January 1999, “The Junkie Tour” kicked off, with the concert introduction music was a track from DJ Shadow, entitled “Building Steam with a Grain of Salt”.
In 1999, she released the live acoustic album Alanis Unplugged, featured tracks from her previous two albums alongside four new songs, including “King of Pain”, a cover of The Police song.
In 2001, Morissette was featured with Stephanie McKay on the Tricky song “Excess”, which is on his album Blowback.
Morissette hosted the Juno Awards of 2004 dressed in a bathrobe, which she took off to reveal a flesh-colored bodysuit, a response to the era of censorship in the U.S. caused by Janet Jackson’s breast-reveal incident during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show.
2002’s Under Rug Swept was the first album Morissette had written and produced all on her own.
Production of the album was delayed when Morissette became involved in disputes with executives at Maverick Records after she testified at U.S. Government hearings against artist-unfriendly record contract practices. As she put it, she had to go through lawyers to “have a dialogue with people” and take extended period of time to “have one little thing figured out”.
Morissette released her sixth studio album, So-Called Chaos, in May 2004. She wrote the songs on her own again, and co-produced the album with Tim Thorney and pop music producer John Shanks. Thornley usually works in advertising, and has won a Gemini Award and three Daytime Emmy Awards for the hit show Rolie Polie Olie. He’s also producd jingles for many high-end clients, including FedEx, Sympatico, 7up and the Ford Motor Company.
The lead single, “Everything”, achieved major success on adult top 40 radio in America and was moderately popular elsewhere, particularly in Canada, although it failed to reach the top 40 on the U.S. Hot 100. Because the first line of the song includes the word asshole, American radio stations refused to play it, and the single version was changed to include the word nightmare instead.
Morissette embarked on a U.S. summer tour with long-time friends and fellow Canadians Barenaked Ladies, working with the non-profit environmental organization Reverb. Reverb is a non-profit environmental organization that educates and engages musicians and their fans to promote environmental sustainability. It was founded by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her musician husband, Guster guitarist/vocalist Adam Gardner.
2006 marked the first year in Morissette’s musical career without a single concert appearance showcasing her own songs, with the exception of an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in January when she performed “Wunderkind”.
On April 1, 2007, Morissette released a tongue-in-cheek cover of The Black Eyed Peas’s selection “My Humps”, which she recorded in a slow, mournful voice, accompanied only by a piano. Is now has over 18 million views.
Morissette’s seventh studio album, Flavors of Entanglement, which was produced by Guy Sigsworth, was released in mid-2008. The album’s first single was “Underneath”, a video for which was submitted to the 2007 Elevate Film Festival, the purpose of which festival was to create documentaries, music videos, narratives and shorts regarding subjects to raise the level of human consciousness on the earth.
Morissette has appeared in eight episodes of Weeds, playing Dr. Audra Kitson, a “no-nonsense obstetrician” who treats pregnant main character Nancy Botwin.
Spotify found at least 120,000 playlists titled “Guilty Pleasures” and used some calculations to learn “the top 10 most-streamed tracks the world wants to keep hush-hush,” according to a press release.
1. Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega
2. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham!
3. My Sharona – The Knack
4. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
5. Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
6. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) – Dead Or Alive
7. Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men
8. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
9. U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
10. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
A few things: Call Me Maybe is awesome, an absolute bull-headed storming hit. If you’re in my car, and this song comes on, you sing it with me.
Nobody is ever going to give up Rick Astley. We;re never going to let him down, or desert him.
Don’t Stop Believin’ is a song that will keep selling, and selling, and selling, likely to connect with listeners 10 or 20 years down the road. Believe that.
Wham is rumoured to be reforming in time for Glastonbury 2015.
Cotton Eyed Joe’s video has them playing instruments, when I still can’t hear anything other than what was programmed using some computer. Still has the power to pack a club dance floor than you would have thought possible.
I’m still waiting for Mambo No. 6.