Pete Brown, Co-Writer Of ‘Sunshine Of Your Love,’ ‘White Room’ For Rock Group Cream, Dies At 82

Pete Brown Portrait Shoot
Musician and poet Pete Brown, photographed during a portrait shoot for Guitarist Magazine/Future Dec. 6, 2011. (Photo by Will Ireland/Guitarist Magazine/Future via Getty Images)

Songwriter and poet Pete Brown, who co-wrote “Sunshine of Your Love” and “White Room” for the short-lived rock supergroup Cream in the 1960s, has died. He was 82.

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

A 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 Free,” and formed a songwriting partnership with Bruce after Cream broke up that lasted more than four decades.