Pete Brown, the British singer-songwriter who co-wrote a few of Cream’s most beloved tracks, has died at age 82 following a “brave battle with most cancers.”
Singer-songwriter Pete Brown, who co-wrote a few of Cream’s most beloved songs, together with “Sunshine of Your Love” and “White Room,” has died aged 82 “after a brave battle with most cancers.” Brown’s household shared the information Friday on Brown’s Fb web page.
“Brown began his creative profession as a Beat Poet within the late Fifties,” the assertion reads. “By the mid-Sixties, he had offered out The Royal Albert Corridor with each his British and American contemporaries, together with Alan Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Michael Horowitz on the poetry taking place Wholly Communion.”
His work with the First Actual Poetry Band, which featured legendary jazz guitarist John McLaughlin, earned him the eye of Cream drummer Ginger Baker, who enlisted Brown as a writing accomplice for the group’s debut album Contemporary Cream. As an alternative, Brown discovered he had higher artistic chemistry with bassist Jack Bruce, ensuing within the single “I Really feel Free.”
Pete Brown continued contributing lyrics to what turned a few of Cream’s best-known songs all through their subsequent three albums. That included “Sunshine of Your Love,” “SWALBR,” “White Room,” “Politician,” “Abandoned Cities of the Coronary heart,” and “Doing That Scrapyard Factor.” “White Room” and “Sunshine of Your Love” have been each named in Rolling Stone‘s 500 Biggest Songs of All Time checklist.
“Jack had roughly the music of ‘White Room,’ and we tried just a few lyrics, and none of them had labored,” mentioned Brown in a documentary in regards to the tune. “Then I thought of this poem that I had, and it was an eight-page poem — I believed if I minimize that down to 1 web page, it could be the correct factor for it.”
Brown later revealed that he had lived within the eponymous “white room” after a interval of semi-homelessness, the place he recovered from his drug and alcohol habits and geared his poetry abilities towards songwriting.
Whereas he would proceed writing with Jack Bruce for greater than 40 years after Cream’s breakup in 1968, Brown additionally pursued his personal profession as a singer/songwriter. He turned a figurehead in bands together with Piblokto, The Battered Ornaments, Bond and Brown (with Graham Bond and Dick Heckstall-Smith), The Interoceters, and Psoulchedlia.
“We’re extraordinarily saddened to study of the demise of Jack’s long-term buddy and writing accomplice, Pete Brown,” tweeted the household of the late Jack Bruce. “We prolong our honest condolences to Pete’s spouse Sheridan and Pete’s youngsters in addition to all his household and buddies.”
Pete Brown is survived by his spouse, Sheridan, his daughter, singer/songwriter Jessica Walker, and his musician/restauranteur son, Tad.