Ginger Baker – RIP

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Il 25 settembre l’annuncio della famiglia: “The Baker family are sad to announce that Ginger is critically ill in hospital. Please keep him in your prayers tonight”. Il leggendario Peter Edward Baker si è spento all’età di 80 anni (li aveva compiuti a fine agosto). Un fuoriclasse, una superstar, un gigante assoluto che lega il suo nome alla breve ma seminale epopea targata Cream iniziata nel 1966 con Clapton e Bruce. Prima c’erano stati Graham BondAlexis Korner, dopo i Blind Faith, i suoi personalissimi Air Force, quindi l’esplorazione musicale dell’amata Africa e l’incontro con Fela Kuti, i Baker Gurvitz Army, le mille collaborazioni (tra queste anche Charlie Haden, Gary Moore, Public Image Ltd, Hawkwind) e una lunga produzione solista durata oltre 30 anni.

“the most influential percussionist of the 1960s, virtually every drummer of every heavy metal band that has followed since that time has sought to emulate some aspect of Baker’s playing”.

Anton Newcombe > Rest In Peace Mr Ginger Baker.

Paul McCartney > Ginger Baker, great drummer, wild and lovely guy. We worked together on the ‘Band on the Run’ album in his ARC Studio, Lagos, Nigeria. Sad to hear that he died but the memories never will. X Paul

Gary Kemp > RIP the great Ginger Baker. The reason so many drummers wanted a double-bass drum

Flea > So much freedom in his playing. What a wildman. Rhythms we’ve heard all our lives he plucked them out of the sky. Rest In Peace Ginger Baker.

Charlie Daniels > Ginger Baker, the creative drummer who played with Cream has passed away. Rest in peace Sir, I doubt we’ll see your likes again.

Stevie Van Zandt > RIP Ginger Baker. One of the greatest drummers of all time. Begin with Cream’s Disraeli Gears

The Bruce family would like to extend their sincere condolences to Ginger Baker’s family, friends and fans. Surviving a love hate relationship, Ginger was like an older brother to Jack, their chemistry was truly spectacular. RIP Ginger, one of the greatest drummers of all time

Michael Des Barres > The Bruce family would like to extend their sincere condolences to Ginger Baker’s family, friends and fans. Surviving a love hate relationship, Ginger was like an older brother to Jack, their chemistry was truly spectacular. RIP Ginger, one of the greatest drummers of all time

Antibalas > Rest In Peace Ginger Baker

Ron Sexsmith > RIP The great Ginger Baker RS

Steve Winwood > A very sad loss, and my condolences to his family and friends. A loss also for his contribution to music. He was well-grounded in jazz from very early on, and later managed to combine this with African and rock music to create his own inimitable style of playing. I was lucky to play with him in Ginger Baker’s Air Force, and to meet and work with such luminaries as Phil Seamen, Harold McNair and Graham Bond. And also in Blind Faith with Eric Clapton and Rick Grech. Although his appointment was very unorthodox (he showed up on the doorstep and said, ‘Here I am’) – he made a great contribution to the Blind Faith album which has withstood the test of time. Beneath his somewhat abrasive exterior, there was a very sensitive human being with a heart of gold. He’ll be missed.

Brian May > RIP Ginger Baker – who thrilled us all with his massively innovative drumming in CREAM. When I advertised on my (Imperial) College notice board for a drummer to form a group with (1969, I think), I put “‘Wanted : a drummer who can play like Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell and GINGER BAKER …. “ Guess who replied ?? A certain Mr Taylor. And he could ! So you could say Ginger Baker is inextricably woven into our history, as well conquering the world with CREAM, and his other projects. 💥💥💥💥 SWIPE for the second bit. RIP Ginger – Bri

Mick Jagger > Sad news hearing that Ginger Baker has died, I remember playing with him very early on in Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated. He was a fiery but extremely talented and innovative drummer.

Ringo Starr > God bless Ginger Baker incredible musician wild And inventive. drummer Peace and love to his family

Lol Tolhurst > RIP. Ginger Baker. The fills on White Room always got me

Brian Wilson > I’m sorry to hear that Ginger Baker passed. He was a great drummer and we all were fans of Cream back then. “Sunshine Of Your Love” was a great one. Love & Mercy, Brian

Geddy Lee > 1/2 As a young musician few drummers stood taller or were a bigger musical influence than Ginger Baker…I will never forget the awesomeness of seeing him perform with Cream at Massey Hall on June 5 1968 along side the late great Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton. 2/2 He was one of Rock’s first virtuoso drummers and his incredible legacy lives on. Sincere condolences to Ginger’s family, friends and fans

David Coverdale > Ginger Baker…R.I.P.

Martin Chambers > Rest in peace, Ginger Baker.

Dave Davies > Ginger Baker was a great and unique musician and an innovator as well – he will be sorely missed – I met him many years ago in the old days and saw him a couple years ago in New York and he still sounded great he always had nice things to say about the Kinks – i feel bad but he had a good run – love and blessings Dave Davies nice drumming in this song

Hawkwind > Fly high Ginger! You were a one off and and a true legend. We were honoured to work with you.

Mike Portnoy Now Ginger joins fellow 60’s pioneers Keith Moon, John Bonham & Mitch Mitchell in that great drum-off in the sky. Very sad day in the Drum world as we say goodbye to one of rock’s greatest pioneers: Ginger Baker. In the 60’s, there were a few drummers that came onto the scene playing “lead drums”. Ginger Baker was one of them taking rock drumming to a whole new level of expression. Thank you Ginger for what you brought to the instrument

Carl Palmer > “Ginger Baker was a big influence when I was in my teens. The Cream were one of my favourite all-time bands. I went to see them 8 times. Ginger was always on fire!”

Christopher Cross > I was once a drum tech for Ginger Baker @ a show. Part of my job was to give him milk during the show to calm a stomach ulcer. He tossed the empty cartons & they’d land all over me. By the end of the gig my hair and clothes were drenched with milk. Wild man but great talent

Questlove > Rest Well To The Monster Rhythmatist

Billy Bragg > Sorry to hear of the passing of Ginger Baker. Regular readers of this page will know he was a regular poster in the threads over the past couple of years. I knew him in the late 70s when me and my pals in Riff Raff lived in Oundle, Northamptonshire, and he was a big figure on the local music scene. His daughter Nettie covered our time there in her recent book ‘Tales of a Rock Stars Daughter’. Ginger got in touch to tell me about the book and stuck around to offer his opinions in the threads. My thoughts are with Nettie and the family.

Steve Hackett > Sad to hear of the passing of a great drummer, Ginger Baker.

John Lurie > In Heaven News today, Ginger Baker arrived and beat the shit out of Jack Bruce. Ginger is now hiding from Elvin Jones who wants to have a word. The management of Heaven knows this is not the Heaven you anticipated and hopes to have things calmed down in time for your arrival.

Brad Wilk > RIP Ginger Baker. Fire starter, trail blazer, and true original. What a massive contribution to music and drumming you have been. Back into the light you go.

Clem Burke > RIP Mr. Baker