Legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker dead at 80

Monday, 07 Oct, 2019

Last month, Baker's family announced he was critically ill in hospital, but no further details of his illness were disclosed, reported BBC. Baker also learnt to play polo in Nigeria, a passion that remained with him forever, but led to a fall-out with Kuti as numerous members of the Lagos Polo Club were Kuti's enemies.

From: Cream - Disraeli Gears For mostly hi-hat-and-snare rock drummers in the 60s, Ginger's primal beat and toms-battering style here was a revelation. His first group was Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, where he met Scottish-born bassist Jack Bruce.

Bulger would call the film, released in 2012, Beware of Mr. Baker.

Director Wright tweeted: "RIP the music giant that was Ginger Baker". This led to the formation of the group Baker-Bruce-Moore (BBM). After sitting in on drums with a traditional jazz band in London, he was invited to join permanently, despite having very little training.

Baker once said that he never practiced the drums before he started as a 15-year-old. Jack and I had been in jazz bands for years. And also in Blind Faith with Eric Clapton and Rick Grech.

Both Clapton, 74, and Baker attended his funeral. Clapton agreed, on one condition: That Bruce play bass and sing.

He first emerged in the burgeoning blues scene of early 1960s London, before helping to create Cream. The album was completed in just three-and-a-half days, just before the musicians' visas expired. "Sunshine Of Your Love" was a great one.

Ginger went on to kind Blind Religion which additionally featured singer Steve Winwood, and likewise fronted the band Ginger Baker's Air Drive. A reunion in 2005 ended in animosity, with Baker and Bruce shouting at each other on stage in NY.

The drummer once recalled how he got into music, saying: I was always banging on the desks at school. "He's still a bit too close".

From the 1970s on, Baker was ever more unpredictable. Two kits were set up, one for Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen, and one for Baker. He was a master of polyrhythm.

Cream was among the most successful acts of its time, selling more than 10 million records. No cause of death was given.

Jack Bruce's son Malcolm Bruce, who also plays in the Music of Cream, praised Ginger's legacy: "He always explored across the boundaries of creativity, collaborating with musicians from other cultures before the term "world music" was adopted by others, and had a truly musical ability and a natural sense of what was true and lovely". With slight jabs and understated drum chatter, Baker would gradually increase the intensity of the music. Paul McCartney & Wings recorded "Band On the Run" at Baker's Batakota (ARC) Studios. Baker continued to perform regularly, although his health was fragile, owing to his rock lifestyle. "Everybody tried to be John Bonham and copy his licks, but it's rare that you hear anybody doing the Ginger Baker thing".