Cream: “Sunshine of Your Love”

ALBUM:  Disraeli Gears

YEAR: 1967

WRITERS: Jack Bruce, Peter Brown and Eric Clapton

Peaked at number-five on the Billboard Hot 100.

Drummer Ginger Baker recalls that singer and bassist Jack Bruce brought in “Sunshine of Your Love” at a time when he was coming up with great songs almost daily. Baker tells us he deserves some credit for helping the song sound much different than an earlier favorite by the band. “He came up with this riff, it went like this [sings riff], like ‘I Feel Free’ [sings ‘I Feel Free’ riff]. It was the same sort of thing, you know [sings riff]. And I said, ‘No, man, it’s much too fast. Why don’t you slow it down? And then I put that backwards thing on it and Eric came up with the chords for that middle bit. That backwards thing, that’s an African approach to playing time instead of a Western approach. It works incredibly well on ‘Sunshine…’”

Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” was certified as a gold single, for half a million sales, on September 26th, 1968.


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