Ginger Baker, legendary Cream drummer, dies
London: Ginger Baker, the volatile and propulsive British musician who was best known for his time with the power trio Cream, died Sunday at age 80, his family said. Baker’s family said on Twitter that he died Sunday: “We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully in hospital this morning.”
Baker wielded his blues power and jazz technique to help break open popular music and become one of the world’s most admired and feared musicians. With blazing eyes, orange-red hair and a temperament to match, the London native ranked with The Who’s Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham as the embodiment of musical and personal fury. Using twin bass drums, Baker fashioned a pounding, poly-rhythmic style uncommonly swift and heavy that inspired and intimidated countless musicians.
After the band’s break-up in 1968, he joined another group, Blind Faith, alongside Clapton and Steve Winwood, before founding the 10-piece Ginger Baker’s Air Force.
Baker founded Cream in 1966 alongside Eric Clapton and bassist and vocalist Jack Bruce