Baker shot to fame as the volatile drummer in Cream
Cream drummer Ginger Baker has passed away at the age of 80. The family shared the news Sunday morning (Oct 6th), although shared no reason for cause of death as of press time.
“We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully this morning. Thank you to everyone for your kind words to us all over the past weeks.”
The family shared the legendary UK drummer was critically ill a few weeks ago, although details were not released. He has seen a slew of health issues in the past decade. A serious respiratory infection in 2013 and serious heart issues in 2016 forced Baker to step off of the road.
Baker become a world renowned drummer alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce in Cream in the 1960’s. During the band’s two years together, the power trio gained international recognition playing blues and psychedelic rock induced with jazz, and had hits like “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room,” “Crossroads” and “I Feel Free.” They released three albums during their two year existence and a final one following their 1969 breakup. Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
Since the band’s breakup, Baker has released 18 solo albums with his latest in 2014. Baker also was a brief member of Blind Faith with Clapton and Steve Winwood and went on to form Ginger Baker’s Air Foce with notable musicians.
In 2005, Cream reunited for a series of performances at Royal Albert Hall in London and Madison Square Garden in New York. Baker revived Air Foce with new members in 2015.
Celebs shared their tributes about Baker’s death on social media.
So much freedom in his playing. What a wildman. Rhythms we’ve hear all our lives he plucked them out of the sky. Rest In Peace Ginger Baker. https://t.co/e3L4IHodhT
— Flea (@flea333) October 6, 2019
Ginger Baker, great drummer, wild and lovely guy. We worked together on the 'Band on the Run' album in his ARC Studio, Lagos, Nigeria. Sad to hear that he died but the memories never will. X Paul pic.twitter.com/Rne4tn6A2i
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 6, 2019
1/2 Very sad day in the Drum world as we say goodbye to one of rock’s greatest pioneers: Ginger Baker. In the 60’s, there were a few drummers that came onto the scene playing “lead drums”. Ginger Baker was one of them taking rock drumming to a whole new level of expression. —-> pic.twitter.com/LGRlyJcyp4
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) October 6, 2019
Ginger Baker, the creative drummer who played with Cream has passed away.
Rest in peace Sir, I doubt we’ll see your likes again.
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) October 6, 2019
— Gary Kemp (@garyjkemp) October 6, 2019