Legendary Drummer For Cream, Ginger Baker Dead At 80

Legendary Drummer For Cream, Ginger Baker Dead At 80

Ginger Baker passed away in his sleep after several weeks of serious illness.

The legendary Ginger Baker gained fame as a member of the Graham Bond Organisation but most importantly as the inspirational drummer and founder of CREAM, one of the most important and influential rock bands in the history of music. Ginger played in Cream from 1966 until they disbanded in 1968. He later joined the group, Blind Faith. In 1970 Baker formed, toured and recorded with fusion rock group Ginger Baker’s Air Force.

Ginger formed and recorded with Ginger Baker’s Energy and was involved in collaborations with Bill Laswell, jazz bassist Charlie Haden, and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. He was also a member of Hawkwind, Atomic Rooster, and Public Image. In 1994 he formed The Ginger Baker Trio and joined the bassist known as Googe in Masters of Reality formed by producer, singer, and guitarist Chris Goss.

Baker sat in for Fela Ransome-Kuti, during recording sessions in 1971 and these were released by Regal Zonophone as Live! (with Ginger Baker) (1971)’ Fela also appeared with Ginger Baker on Stratavarious (1972) alongside Bobby Gass, a pseudonym for Bobby Tench from The Jeff Beck Group. Stratovarius was later re-issued as part of the compilation Do What You Like. Baker formed Baker Gurvitz Army in 1974 and recorded three albums with them before the band broke up in 1976.

In 1994 Baker joined BBM, a short-lived power trio with the lineup of Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Irish rock blues guitarist Gary Moore. On 3 May 2005, Baker was reunited with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, for a series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden New York. The London concerts were recorded and released as Royal Albert Hall London May 2–3–5–6 2005 (2005)

Ginger’s autobiography “Hellraiser” was published in 2009.

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