Cream accomplished more in two years than most do in a lifetime.
15 million records sold, a Grammy Hall of Fame album and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. It’s safe to say that Cream were indeed the supergroup they set out to be.
Hall of Fame Essay
It was always, simply, Cream. No need for a definite article. There were the Beatles and the Rolling Stones but it was never the Cream.
Like all the best names, this one functioned at more than one level. It suggested superlative qualities, an elite grouping of the chicest elements. In America, it implied the defeat of all competition. At a deeper and less conscious level, it invoked the pleasure principle, indulgent, richly satisfying, dionysian.
the best compliment was to be a musicians’ band. And every musician loved Cream.
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