Smiles & Grins!

Smiles & Grins was born out of the original Jack Bruce fan club. The Smiles & Grins newsletter is currently on hiatus but back issues subscriptions are available. Smiles & Grins has featured stories, rare items and pictures of interest to Jack Bruce, Cream, Classic Rock and Progressive Rock fans since the mid-'80s and filled an important place, historically, in keeping Cream news accessible -- especially in the years prior to the internet boom. Among other noteworthy history, we were the FIRST anywhere to announce the 2005 Cream reunion to the world. Today, we (along with our friends at the official Jack Bruce web site and facebook page) reach a broader audience via facebook and the internet than we did with the print publication.

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Smiles & Grins is now offering a variety of items for music aficionados, including:

The MPI Ringo Tour video w/ I Feel Free, Sunshine of Your Love, White Room, Conquistador, Do You Feel Like We Do?; $19.95


CREAM: Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton the book by Chris Welch {US $19.95 + $3.50 s/h ( $5.00 s/h outside the U.S.)}

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Jack Bruce and Cream

Three Nights Only at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, New York

February 25th, 26th, 28th, 2008

In their reunion shows at Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood are performing Them Changes in tribute to Buddy Miles who just passed away. They are also doing Voodoo Chile which Winwood recorded with Hendrix as well as most of their Blind Faith LP. The performances have been inspiring many standing ovations and moving many in the audience to tears.

Kristen Foster /


RIP Bruce Gary

We are saddend to hear of the passing of the great drummer, Bruce Gary. Bruce died Tuesday August 22, 2006 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Gary played with George Harrison, Bob D ylan, Sheryl Crow, Rod Stewart, John Lennon, Cream's Jack Bruce, blues masters Albert Collins and Albert King, and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger. Gary also worked as a producer on Jimi Hendrix Blues compilation and The Lost Lennon Tapes.

Bruce and I were friends for over 20 years. I always told him his drumming was like champagne--he liked that. We had tentitive plans for various projects including CDs and a book. He had so many great stories...that are now lost. We love you Bruce. I'll see you on the other side. J. David Spurlock



Cream Conquers America!

The Triumphant Return of the 1st Power-trio Supergroup Madison Square Garden Oct 24-26, 2005

Smiles & Grins founder J. David Spurlock was interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine about Monday's show. He said, "Cream's New York shows rocked harder than May's London shows and the set was updated with the addition of Tales of Brave Ulysses!"

Spurlock also attended the ultra-exclusive CREAM after party October 26th in NYC with Cream members Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and their guests Carlos Santana, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Sheryl Crow, Lance Armstrong, Sting, Kip Hanrahan, Scooter Weintraub, Derek Araujo and many more.

Others backstage included Areosmith's Joe Perry, Funkadelic & Talking Heads keyboardist, Bernie Worrell, Carmine Appice, Kevin Bacon, Lenny Kravitz, journalist Chris Welch to name but a few. Carlos Santana said Jack Bruce's spotlight of "Rolling and Tumbling was the star on top of the Christmas tree."

Jack Bruce received the Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award from Ron Carter on Saturday Night, Oct. 22 during the Les Paul Tribute Concert at New York's Roseland Ballroom.

Entertaiment Weekly recently reported the New York Cream shows to be the World's hottist ticket with floor seats selling on e-bay for over $4,000.00 each.

Jack Bruce said Cream was being photographed by Vanity Fair on October 27th.



It's official!

October 24, 25, 26 at Madison Square Gard en (only US dates)
Presale Sept 12.
Public sale Sept 19.
Through TicketMaster



Smiles & Grins Music president J. David Spurlock announced July 7, 2005 that, "Rumor has it that Cream will play New York, Oct. 23-25, 2005. Official confirmation is yet to come."


All of London and the world are a buzz over the rock event of the year, Cream's re union concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. Cream is the world's first power-trio supergroup comprised of legends, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce & Ginger Baker. As head of the original (20 years) Jack Bruce Fan Club, I was interviewed about the event on BBC television and on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Compared to the later nights, the first night of the Cream reunion shows was like a rehearsal. While all the major press reviewed the first night as very good, little did they know the other nights were much better. My favorite was #3 of the 4, which was the most psychedelic. Souvenir stands looked like a wild day on Wall Street with many items selling out the first night!

Rock's royalty in attendance for the historic events included: The Beatles' Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison's wife Olivia; Pink Floyd's Roger Waters & Nick Mason; Sheryl Crow; Tom Hanks; Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page; Gary Moore; The Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman; The Who's Roger Daltry; Cream lyricist Pete Brown, who I sat with the first night; Traffic's Steve Winwood and Dave Mason; Elton John's Ray Cooper and many more.

---J. David Spurlock

Cream Reunion at Albert Hall in May 2005


J. David Spurlock, Publisher & President of the Smiles & Grins Jack Bruce Newsletter and Fan Club announced November 8th, 2004 that the original supergroup, Cream, featuring Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton, plan to reunite for a series of concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall. The Albert was the site of Cream's legendary Farewell Concert November, 1968.
Spurlock, who created the Jack Bruce Fan Club some 20 years ago said, "Clapton is playing his best in many years and the time is right for a number of reasons." Clapton said he was "...eager to reunite as soon as Jack (Bruce) has recovered from his recent illness."
A series of 4 concert dates are planned for May of 2005. The original Power Trio's reunited once before, to perform three songs at the semi-private 1993 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies.
Smiles & Grins

CONCERT REVIEW: Allman Bros. August 23, 2005 at PNC in New Jersey.

Dickey Betts wasn't there but Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks (who really looks like an Allman) were. Long time guitarist Dangerous Dan Toler is also gone now to play with Dickey Betts Great Southern. The Allmans put on a Great show though--with a great crowd well mixed between seasond Allman fans and young jam-band fans--lots of dancing. Long set included Mountain Jam which was in someways better than Eat A Peach (sacrilege?) as they've had decades to refine it.

Gregg looks and sounds great--would have liked more Gregg organ in ratio to others' guitar work. Warm up, MOE, was good too. Current Allmans bassist, Oteil Burbridge, is best the the band has had since Barry Oakley died. Original drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe were joined by percussionist, Marc Quinones. No introduction of the band was ever made. Always love the old 60s-type light shows. More groups should use it (as Cream did at recent London shows--and The Dead). Heard the Allmans did Layla some last year but, not last night. I really recommend seeing them. I'm still missin' Duane (always will)

-J. David Spurlock

01/JANUARY/ 2008

David Spurlock and Jack Bruce - Atlantic City 1997

Jack's duet with David, Summer of 2000

Small Faces and Humble Pie founder Steve Marriott with his friend,
J. David Spurlock, March 1985 in Dallas, Texas.

Music Related Items from Vanguard-Smiles & Grins
Item #DescriptionPrice
Item CR-W67Item-CR-W67 Cream 1967 Commemorative Poster
The world famous " Whisky A Go Go" was the L. A. / Hollywood proving ground for artists that were to become icons of classic rock, including the original British supergroup, Cream. This 14 3/4 X 19 3/4, psychedelic poster is part of a series designed by Dennis Loren to commemorate the "Whisky's " 35th Anniversary.
CR-001CREAM: Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, the legendary sixties supergroup. The new book by Chris Welch$19.95
JRTVRingo's All Starr Tour - Video VHS (NTSC)    Ringo Starr, Jack Bruce, Peter Frampton, Gary Broker and Simon Kirk$19.95
JLCVFresh Live Cream - Video-CD (NTSC)    Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and  Ginger Baker$20.00
JHTCHow's Tricks - CD    Jack Bruce, Simon Phillips, Tony Hymas and  Hughie Burns (1977)$13.00
Bass9-01September, 2001 issue of BASSPLAYER MAGAZINE -Jack Bruce cover story
Smiles & Grins price $7.00 ea (+ $3.95 s/h)
BASSPLAYER MAGAZINE sells back issues for $10.00 ea + shipping.
J01AI've Always Wanted To Do This- CD    Jack's 1980 masterpiece w/ Clem Clempson (Coliseum, Humble Pie), Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra) & David Sancious (E Street & Sting) "I've Always Wanted to do This" limited edition CD now available. This special, first time on CD edition is one of Jack's finest, and is not available at major chains!$13.00
J01BI've Always Wanted To Do This - vinyl$_9.00
J02ACities of the Heart - DBL CD Collector's Version    Jack Bruce 50th birthday concert with Gary Moore, Ginger Baker, Clem Clempson, Simon Phillips, Bernie Worrell and a cast of thousands -includes slip-cased, double jewel-case and color bonus photo book$25.00
J03ASpecial Collectors Edition - DBL CD set (INCLUDES MONKJACK CD)    VERY RARE!    Features Jack Bruce performances from non-Jack Bruce CMP releases (the Snake Music, Gary Husband, Wun-Wun, etc.), plus previously unreleased tracks$30.00
J04AMonkjack - CD    Jack Bruce' soulful, eclectic vocal collection -features keyboard duets with Bernie Worrell    SOLD OUT! -now only available in the special edition collectors CD set, item J03A listed above. $_9.00
J05ASomthinEls - CD    Jack Bruc e release fetures Eric Clapton, Clem Clempson and Maggie Rielly$12.00
J05BSomthinEls - cassette    Jack Bruce release fetures Eric Clapton, Clem Clempson and Maggie Rielly$_9.00
J06AWillpower - DBL play cassette    20 year Jack Bruce retrospective with White Room, Rope Ladder, Theme, Morning Story, Keep It Down, previously unreleased tracks and 2 new songs with Eric Clapton$_9.00
J06CWillpower - DBL play / 1-CD    20 year Jack Bruce retrospective with previously unreleased tracks and 2 new songs with Eric Clapton$13.00
WWJCWun-Wun, Marc Nauseef w/ Jack - CD$11.00
LCV1Live Cream Vol. 1 (RSO) - CD    60's classic with Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker$12.50
MFECMountain / Flowers of Evil - CD    Goodbye-like half live, half studio release from Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi and co. (1972)$_9.00
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