Pete Brown, the British counterculture poet who wrote the lyrics to a number of Cream’s most popular songs, has died at the age of 82.
Cream Jack Bruce Family announce Brown passed away on Saturday. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jack’s longtime friend and writing partner Pete Brown who passed away last night. Our deepest condolences go out to Pete’s wife Sheridan and Pete’s children as well as all of his family and friends. Love from Bruce’s family.” Brown died of cancer.
Brown is credited with writing creamy songs including “I Feel Free”, “Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, “Dance the Night Away” and “Solaber”.
After Cream broke up, Brown remained a close collaborator with Jack Bruce, contributing to a number of his solo albums.
Outside of his work with Cream and Bruce, Brown has fronted a number of his own projects, including The First Real Poetry Band (featuring guitarist John McLaughlin), Pete Brown and His Troubled Traps, and Piblokto. He has also collaborated with blues musicians Graham Bond and Procol Harum, published a number of books of poetry, and written several film screenplays.