Cream was the first rock supergroup. Clapton had been in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Bruce in Manfred Mann, and Baker in The Graham Bond Organization.
It was the Cream years when the "Clapton is God" graffiti started showing up around England.
Clapton broke up the band after reading a bad review in Rolling Stone and agreeing that the band had become boring and repetitious.
The band played together three times after their breakup. The first time was at Clapton's wedding in 1979, the second was when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993, and the third was in 2005 when they reunited to play four shows.
Baker and Bruce went on to form a group called BBM with guitarist Gary Moore.
Clapton and Baker formed another Supergroup, Blind Faith
, in 1969 along with Steve Winwood and Ric Grech. Before deciding upon a trio, Cream had considered asking Steve Winwood to join. (thanks, James - Tracy, CA)
Clapton and Bruce played to together in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers before forming Cream. Bruce was in The Bluesbreakers for about a month, replacing John McVie.
One of the names they considered was "Sweet and Sour Rock and Roll." Clapton insisted they be called Cream because they were the best.
Bruce and Baker did not get along. They would usually either avoid each other or fight. They had played together in The Graham Bond Organization.
Baker and Bruce had a background in jazz, and like many jazz musicians, the three members of Cream would improvise solos at their concerts, sometimes at the same time. They could get away with it because they were such good musicians. The band would improvise both their set lists and their musical arrangements, sometimes jamming for as long as 20 minutes on one song. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Toward the end, Baker, Bruce, and Clapton would stay at separate hotels, getting together a few minutes before their shows.
Their last two shows in 1968 and their final show in 2005 were to sold-out crowds at Royal Albert Hall in London. They broke up two-and-a-half years after forming.
Baker built the studio in Nigeria that Paul McCartney used for the Band On The Run album.
While it's well established that Bruce and Baker didn't much care for one another, they only agreed to play together as a group (at Clapton's urging) as they recognized that the other was immensely talented at their respective instruments. (thanks, Ken - Tuscaloosa, AL)
While Disc 2 of Wheels Of Fire is labeled "Live at the Fillmore," only one track ("Toad") was recorded there. The other live tracks were recorded at the Winterland Ballroom. (thanks, James - Tracy, CA)
There was a great deal of tension between Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, which sometime manifested in throwing objects and damaging each other's instruments during performances.
Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
Jack Bruce's real name is John Symon Asher Bruce. He was born May 14, 1943 and plays cello, harmonica, acoustic guitar, piano, upright bass and electric bass. At one point, he quit college because of his interest in Jazz. (thanks, Jordan - Brooklyn, NY)
Bruce died on October 25, 2014 at age 71. The cause of death was liver disease; he received a transplant a few years earlier.