Pete Brown dead – famous songwriter behind ‘White Room’ and ‘Sunshine of You Love’ dies aged 82 after cancer battle

SONGWRITER and poet Pete Brown has died aged 82.

The Londoner co-wrote Sunshine of Your Love and White Room for the short-lived rock supergroup Cream in the 1960s.

Pete Brown has died aged 82


Pete Brown has died aged 82Credit: Getty

Brown died of cancer late Friday, according to a post on his Facebook page.

The poet who worked in the same circles as Allen Ginsberg and Spike Milligan, Brown was asked by drummer Ginger Baker to help write songs for Cream, a band he had formed with guitarist Eric Clapton and bass player Jack Bruce.

He also helped write the group’s song, I Feel Fine, and formed a songwriting partnership with Bruce after Cream broke up that lasted more than four decades.

A tribute from Bruce’s family posted on Facebook reads: “We are extremely saddened to learn of the death of Jack’s long term friend and writing partner Pete Brown who passed away last night.

“Together, Jack and Pete wrote many of Cream’s iconic songs, including the hits ‘I Feel Free’, ‘White Room’, ‘SWLABR’ and of course ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, alongside Eric Clapton. Pete and Jack continued to collaborate throughout Jack’s solo career, right up to Jack’s final studio album ‘Silver Rails’ released in 2014.

“Pete’s unique poetic genius has the ability to conjure up the most incredible imagery and we are so very thankful for his momentous contributions to the world of poetry and music.”

He is survived by his wife Sheridan, his daughter, the singer and writer Jessica Walker, and his musician and restauranteur son Tad.

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