Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed.
by Jon Davis, Published 2019-10-06
After initial training in jazz, Baker worked in blues and rock bands before forming Cream with Eric Clapton in 1966. This short-lived group of well-known musicians only lasted until 1968, but had an immense influence on popular music. After the breakup of Cream, Baker formed Ginger Baker's Air Force, then spent time in Africe working with Fela Kuti and others.
His career since the 70s was quite varied, including collaborations with people in jazz, rock, and world music. He leaves behind a legacy of interesting music and a multitude of stories about his contentious personality and life.
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