There are very few bands that are on as high a pedestal as the Cream. Eric Clapton (guitar), Jack Bruce (bass and vocals), and Ginger Baker (drums) make up the first supergroup of their kind. Before bands like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin were pouring the sounds of the psychedelic blues into the homes of American teens, there was the Cream.
All three members of the band had already developed a famous status in their home country of England. Ginger and Bruce had worked together in many bands, but were known for being very hostile toward each other and eventually had a “falling out,” in the words of Bruce, during the few years before Cream was assembled. During this time Bruce and Clapton worked in a group called “John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers”. The two were able to get to know each other while recording and continued to work on projects together, thus beginning the sparks of the development of their future together. One night, Baker showed up at Bruce’s house with an idea to form a group with the three (Jack, Eric, and Ginger). The band got together to practice and the rest is history. Cream came out with four albums together throughout the 60s and were the top selling group of their time. Clapton also went on to have a very successful solo career, working with artists like John Mayer, Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers, and Mark Knopflier of Dire Straits. Clapton’s songs became some of the most influential pieces of all time. Getting covers from artists like David Bowie (I Feel Free), Jimi Hendrix (Sunshine of Your Love and Born Under a Bad Sign), Ozzy Osborne (Sunshine of Your Love), Tracy Chapman (Crossroads), and John Mayer (Crossroads). Many more artists, not including these, were heavily influenced by Cream and Eric Clapton’s lyrics and instrumentals. If you don’t believe me– just listen to Cream. You’ve heard it all before.