|Single by Cream|
|from the album Wheels of Fire|
|B-side||"Those Were the Days"|
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
|Recorded||July 1967–April 1968 at Atlantic Studios in New York City, New York|
|Genre||Psychedelic rock, hard rock|
3:05 (7" version)
|Label||Atco (US), Polydor (UK)|
|Writer(s)||Jack Bruce, Pete Brown|
|Cream singles chronology|
"White Room" is a psychedelic rock song by British supergroup Cream, written by bassist Jack Bruce and poet Pete Brown. Drummer Ginger Baker claims to have added the distinctive 5/4 opening to what had been a 4/4 composition.  It originally appeared on the US release of their double album, Wheels of Fire, by Atco Records in July 1968 and was released as a single in September 1968 (see 1968 in music), on the same label.
The single reached the top 30 in 7 countries, including Australia, where it topped the Go-Set National Top 40 singles chart. The song was edited for the single release on AM Radio stations, although album-oriented FM Radio stations would play the full album version.
Background and recording
Recording of "White Room" was reportedly begun in August 1967 in London at the initial session for Cream’s as-yet-unnamed third album and work continued at Atlantic Studios in New York in December and finished during three separate sessions to complete the studio part of Wheels of Fire; February, April and June 1968, all at Atlantic Studios. 
Jack Bruce sang and played bass on the song, Eric Clapton played overdubbed guitars, Ginger Baker played drums and a timpani, and Felix Pappalardi – the group's producer – contributed by playing violas. Clapton played his guitar through a wah-wah pedal to achieve a "talking-effect".
|Australian Go-Set Chart||1|
|Austrian Singles Chart||19|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||2|
|Dutch Top 40||4|
|French Singles Chart||73|
|German Media Control Chart||28|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||2|
|U.K. Singles Chart||26|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||6|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||39|
|Dutch Top 40||51|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||81|
|Australian Kent Music Report||13|
"White Room" was placed at #376 on the 2004 (and its 2010 update) List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
"White Room" was prominently featured in the soundtrack of Episode 9 of the ABC TV Network series "Life on Mars."
Other notable recordings
"White Room" has been covered by the following artists: Jeff Healey, as featured on Classic Rock Magazine's Guitarmageddon Vol. 2 compilation giveaway, issue 136, Waylon Jennings, Joel Grey, Frank Gambale (in a jazz fusion style), Iron Butterfly, jazz guitarist Jimmy Ponder, Flower Travellin' Band on the album Challenge, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (with Jack Bruce, Peter Frampton on guitar, Gary Brooker on keyboard, Mark Rivera on saxophone and tambourine and two drummers (Ringo and Simon Kirke) doing the triplets in unison), Helloween, Demons and Wizards, Ring of Fire, Iced Earth, Jimmy Barnes, The Bobs, The Guess Who, The Vines, The Stranglers, Hugh Cornwell and Robert Williams (drummer) on the album Nosferatu, Vassar Clements and an all star lineup on the album Full Circle, BBM; and Sheryl Crow performed it with Clapton during her Central Park concert. Eric Clapton also performed the song on his After Midnight Concert.
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- Wheels of Fire (CD liner). Cream. Polydor Records. 1997. 531 812-2. http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=2366967.
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- They Call Me Baba Booey, Gary Dell'Abate.
Hey Jude/Revolution by The Beatles
|Go-Set National Top 40 number-one singles
1 January 1969 – 15 January 1969
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