Cream Caricature


Cream Caricature, illustrated here in the UK in June of 1967, Ginger Baker, drummer, age 28, Jack Bruce, bassist, age 24 and Eric Clapton, guitarist, age 22.

Cream were a British rock band formed in London in 1966. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire (1968), is the world’s first platinum-selling double album. Formed from members of previously successful bands, they are widely regarded as the world’s first super-group. In their career, they sold more than 15 million records worldwide.
After performing their first four months in small clubs, their popularity grew so fast, that they began playing in theaters and arenas.

The band was named “Cream”, as Clapton, Bruce, and Baker were already considered the “cream of the crop” among blues and jazz musicians in the exploding British music scene.

It was during the early organization that they decided Bruce would serve as the group’s lead vocalist, because Clapton was shy about singing.

The band’s debut album, “Fresh Cream”, was recorded and released in 1966, with the hit single, “I’m So Glad”.

They returned to record “Disraeli Gears” in New York between 11 and 15 May 1967. This, the band’s second album, was released in November 1967 and reached the Top 5 in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

Disraeli Gears features “Sunshine of Your Love”, which became the group’s unofficial anthem, and is probably their best-known song today. Bruce and Pete Brown came upon the idea in a state of near desperation in the wee hours. In a last-ditch attempt to salvage something from the long and fruitless night at his apartment, the bleary-eyed Bruce pulled out his double bass again and played a riff. At that point, Brown looked out the window and saw the sun was about to rise: “It’s getting near dawn”, he said to himself. Brown put the words on paper then thought some more: “When lights close their tired eyes”.

In 1968 came the band’s third release, “Wheels of Fire”, which topped the American charts. The opening song, “White Room”, became a radio staple.

From its creation, Cream was faced with some fundamental problems that would later lead to its dissolution in November 1968. The antagonism between Bruce and Baker created tensions in the band.

Famous Cream hits: “I’m So Glad”, “I Feel Free”, “Strange Brew”, “Tales Of Brave Ulysses”, “White Rood”, “Badge”, “Born Under A Bad Sign”, “Crossroads” and “Sunshine Of Your Love”.

In 1993, Cream were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and re-formed to perform at the induction ceremony.

At Clapton’s request, Cream reunited for a series of four shows, on 2, 3, 5, and 6 May 2005 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the venue of their final concerts in 1968. Tickets for all four shows sold out in under an hour.

Jack Bruce died of liver disease on October 25, 2014, in Suffolk, England, aged 71.

Ginger Baker had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from years of heavy smoking, had open-heart surgery in June, 2019. Baker succumbed to heart failure on October 6, 2019 at the age of 80 in Canterbury.

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Archival Conservation Mat is included with your purchase. Mat is a high quality, 4 ply (1/16″) surround mat. These frame mats are acid-free & Lignin-free made with 100% virgin alpha-cellulose surface, core and backing papers. So your caricature with mat will fit into a standard comparable frame either “20” x 24″ or “16” x 20″ depending on the print size, (frame not included). Price also includes a Backer Board.

32″ x 40″ stretch canvas print is produced by Giclee printing process and are hand stretched over heavy duty American made white pine. The canvas print is varnished twice after printing. The canvas prints are ready to hang (complete with hanging wire).

Additional information

Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 20 × .25 in
Print Size

32" x 40" Stretched Canvas Print $495, 20" x 24" Stretched Canvas Print $330, 11" x 14" Watercolor Print $95, 16" x 20" Watercolor Print $185