Hearing the sad news today of the passing of legendary Drummer Ginger Baker – it’s further evidence 2019 has not been a good year for Music.
Tributes have been pouring in all day, including this one via Pitchfork earlier this morning (October 6,2019):
After days of being “critically ill” in the hospital, the iconic drummer Ginger Baker died today. Baker—best known for his work with Cream, Fela Kuti, and Blind Faith—was widely considered one of the best percussionists in the world. Musicians who worked with Baker and the leagues of people inspired by him took a moment this morning to pay tribute to the late rock icon.
The family of the late Jack Bruce, Baker’s bandmate in Cream, wrote a tribute to Baker. “Surviving a love hate relationship, Ginger was like an older brother to Jack, their chemistry was truly spectacular,” the Bruce family wrote. Paul McCartney share a note in honor of his late Band on the Run collaborator, calling him a “wild and lovely guy.” Find those memorials, plus tributes from Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Flea, Questlove, Edgar Wright, and more.
No doubt by now, many people have heard all the collaborations and bands Baker had been involved with over the decades via the wide spectrum of albums he was associated with. And probably a lot of you weren’t around when Cream were the preeminent Supergroup of the later 60s. To give you some idea of what Cream were like live, here is a concert they did in Detroit during their 1967 tour. The sound is bit iffy in places, but it gives ample proof of just how dynamic a band Cream were and just how much of integral part Ginger Baker played.
He was a giant.