Published: Mon, October 07, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Drummer Ginger Baker 1939

Drummer Ginger Baker 1939

The drummer is an inductee in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for his work with Cream, a band which derived its name from the "cream of the crop" status of Baker and Clapton, who were known for their virtuosity. "Rest in peace. It has been an honour to know you!" Sad to hear that he died but the memories never will.

Baker once said that he never practiced the drums before he started as a 15-year-old.

His remarkable, improvisational style was augmented by his absorption of African music and, in 1971 following a stint in supergroup Blind Faith and with his own band, Ginger Baker's Airforce, he travelled to Lagos to set up his own studio and to play with Fela Kuti, the legendary Nigerian musician.

The family confirmed Baker's death to NBC News.

Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker was born on August 19, 2019 in the London borough of Lewisham.

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Baker then joined the Graham Bond Organization, a blues band that quickly became popular in the United Kingdom with Bond and bassist Jack Bruce with whom Baker had a legendary tumultuous relationship. Baker's last album was 'Why?', which released in 2014.

To the surprise of many, especially Clapton, he and Baker were soon part of another super group, Blind Faith, which also featured singer-keyboardist Stevie Winwood and bassist Ric Grech. Baker, still going strong, formed The Ginger Baker Trio in 1994, re-teaming with Bruce in BBM that same year.

Baker had previously suffered from heart problems and was admitted to hospital several weeks ago after becoming "critically ill", according to his social media page. "Dad passed away peacefully", Ginger's daughter Nettie Baker told CNN in a statement. His father left behind a letter that Ginger Baker would quote from: "Use your fists; they're your best pals so often".

His passing three years later has been met with a wealth of tributes from his fellow musicians, all of whom have acknowledged his unique contribution to modern music and what remains a considerable legacy.

Baker began playing drums at 16, playing in Grand Bond Organization, where he first met his Bruce. Cream split up at the end of the year, departing with two sold-out shows at London's Albert Hall. "One of the musicians turned round and said ..."

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