31 Jul

With a group like Cream, it’s difficult to know where to start. In 1966, Eric Clapton was widely considered one of the best guitar players in rock ‘n’ roll, and after he left the Yardbirds, he got hooked up with Ginger Baker, a phenomenal drummer himself. After the two jammed together, Baker asked Clapton if he wanted to form a new group. Clapton agreed, but only on the condition that bassist Jack Bruce—who he had played with in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Powerhouse—be brought on board as well.”

In 1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker play under the Cream moniker for the first time. It’s at the 6th Annual National Jazz & Blues Festival in Windsor. Cream made its unofficial debut,under their individual names at the Twisted Wheel on 29 July 1966.[3][20]  Creams official debut came two nights later at the Sixth Annual Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival.[3][20] They performed blues reworkings that thrilled the large crowd and earned  a warm reception. In October the band also got a chance to jam with Jimi Hendrix, who had recently arrived in London. Hendrix was a fan of Clapton’s music, and wanted a chance to play with him onstage.[3] Hendrix was introduced to Cream through Chas Chandler, Hendrix’s manager.[3]


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