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Ginger Baker, drummer in 1960s group Cream, dies aged 80

 

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FILE PHOTO: Drummer Ginger Baker of the Legendary supergroup Cream performs during a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain May 2, 2005. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

 

LONDON (Reuters) - British rock music drummer Ginger Baker, a co-founder of the 1960’s supergroup Cream with bass player Jack Bruce and guitarist Eric Clapton, died on Sunday aged 80.

 

Baker, who was born in south London in 1939, first came to prominence as a member of blues group The Graham Bond Organisation before founding Cream in 1966.

 

The band released four groundbreaking albums that brought together blues, psychedelic rock and hard rock before disbanding in 1968.

 

Baker went on to work with Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and joined English rock band Hawkwind for a period in the 1980s.

 

His family said last month he was critically ill in hospital.

 

“We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully in hospital this morning,” a notice on Baker’s Twitter feed said on Sunday.

 

(Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Catherine Evans

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-10-07
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Cream was one of the first Rock groups I listened to because my brother had their album Fresh Cream and I snatched it one day to give it a listen.

Was quite the awakening musically for me, had only listened to the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Lovin Spoonful, and other Pop rock before that.

 

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RIP. I vaguely remember back in the late 60's seeing Cream in Des Moines, Iowa. We were sitting on the side of the stage. Have no idea how we got there (or back). Fun trip, literally.

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There is fantastic documentary on his life called Beware of Mr Baker. It’s on YouTube and Kodi and really worth watching if you are a fan of 60’s and 70’s music. There is an unforgettable scene where Clapton will not acknowledge that some of the people touted as the worlds greatest drummers were even in the same league as Baker.

 

 

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dat spoon, dat spoon, dat spoon full.

See you on the other side.

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RIP Ginger ... you blew my mind as a teenager, and ever since in your mastery of the skins. Your synchronous meeting and joining with Jack, and Eric created incredible music. 

 

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A pioneer of the drums at the time, there were a few others around that could knock-out a tune but he was an original.

I wonder if he's playing "knocking on heavens door" ?

RIP

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Got to see Ginger in the Baker Gurvitz Army at the Free Trade Hall Manchester in 1975. Never heard drums played that before or since. Brilliant. Unique. RIP.

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