Cream drummer Ginger Baker dead at 80

Baker shot to fame as the volatile drummer in Cream

Cream drummer Ginger Baker has passed away at the age of 80. The family shared the news Sunday morning (Oct 6th), although shared no reason for cause of death as of press time.

“We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully this morning. Thank you to everyone for your kind words to us all over the past weeks.”

The family shared the legendary UK drummer was critically ill a few weeks ago, although details were not released. He has seen a slew of health issues in the past decade. A serious respiratory infection in 2013 and serious heart issues in 2016 forced Baker to step off of the road.

Baker become a world renowned drummer alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce in Cream in the 1960’s. During the band’s two years together, the power trio gained international recognition playing blues and psychedelic rock induced with jazz, and had hits like “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room,” “Crossroads” and “I Feel Free.” They released three albums during their two year existence and a final one following their 1969 breakup. Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Since the band’s breakup, Baker has released 18 solo albums with his latest in 2014. Baker also was a brief member of Blind Faith with Clapton and Steve Winwood and went on to form Ginger Baker’s Air Foce with notable musicians.

In 2005, Cream reunited for a series of performances at Royal Albert Hall in London and Madison Square Garden in New York. Baker revived Air Foce with new members in 2015.

Celebs shared their tributes about Baker’s death on social media.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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