Ginger Baker, Cream Drummer, Dies At Age 80
Celebrated drummer of the band Cream, Ginger Baker, has died at the age of 80 at a hospital in the United Kingdom.
“Dad passed away peacefully. He was in no pain and had recently been able to see and speak to his children, close family and special friends.” his daughter, Nettie Baker, told CNN in a statement.
Tributes have been pouring in, with memories shared by Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and more.
Kofi Baker led the tributes from Ginger’s bandmates, saying: “The other day I had a beautiful visit with my dad… we talked about memories and music and he’s happy that I’m keeping his legacy alive,” Kofi, who is also a drummer said.
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Kofi’s bandmates in Music Of Cream, also descendants of the band’s original members, have also shared their tributes to the late Baker. Malcom Bruce, son of bassist Jack Bruce, said: “Much love and peace to Ginger’s family and respect to him.”
“I have really fond memories of Ginger. When I was a kid, he would play games with me and was always a lot of fun when I would see him at Eric’s house. I can remember always asking Pattie, ‘Where’s Ginger, where’s Ginger?’ He was cool and I loved him.” Will Johns, guitarist of Music Of Cream and nephew of Eric Clapton, added.
Many other groups, musicians and figures paid tribute to Ginger Baker through social media.
Rock band Hawkwind, which worked with Baker, tweeted their condolences on his death Sunday.
So very, very sorry to hear this…..Fly high Ginger! You were a one off and and a true legend…We were honoured to work with you…RIP 😢 x
— Hawkwind (@HawkwindHQ) October 6, 2019
RIP the great Ginger Baker. The reason so many drummers wanted a double-bass drum. #GingerBaker pic.twitter.com/FXXWsxmsqo
— Gary Kemp (@garyjkemp) October 6, 2019
The obituary of Ginger Baker describes the late drummer as “a sight to behold behind the kit.”
“With two bass drums, tuned slightly differently to one another, arms flailing, his red hair looking like an accident on Bonfire Night, eyes seemingly ready to bust out of his skull, the man was the physical embodiment of rage.”
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