Cream

Cream were a 1960s British rock band, comprised of guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. Celebrated as the first great power trio and supergroup of rock, their sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues, pop and psychedelic rock. Cream combined Clapton's blues guitar playing with the powerful voice and intense basslines of Jack Bruce and the jazz-influenced drumming of Ginger Baker. They have sold over 35 million albums world wide and Wheels of Fire was the first LP certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Cream's music included songs based on traditional blues such as "Crossroads" and "Spoonful", and modern blues such as "Born Under a Bad Sign", as well as more eccentric songs such as "Strange Brew", "Tales of Brave Ulysses" and "Toad". Cream's biggest hits were "I Feel Free", "Sunshine of Your Love", "White Room", "Crossroads", and "Badge".

Cream, together with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, made a significant impact upon the popular music of the time providing a heavy yet technically proficient musical theme that foreshadowed the emergence of bands like Led Zeppelin and The Jeff Beck Group in the late 1960s. The band's live performances influenced progressive rock acts, jam bands such as The Allman Brothers Band, Rush, The Grateful Dead and Phish; and even heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath. Although Cream's studio work has stood the test of time, their true influence lies in their live sets. Cream took the idea of jamming to a whole new level, incorporating their individual virtuosity into long 20-minute jams.

Cream was ranked #16 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

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