According to Neil Peart, the drummer from the Canadian band Rush: “Every rock drummer since has been influenced in some way by Ginger, even if they don’t know it.”. You were a one off and and a true legend...We were honoured to work with you...RIP x, RIP the great Ginger Baker. Baker set up Nigeria's first 16-track studio and stayed there for several years. Disraeli Gears (1967) was a formidable demonstration of their instrumental and compositional skills, while the live half of Wheels of Fire – a US chart-topper – illustrated the self-indulgence they were capable of in concert. Jay Bulger’s documentary Beware of Mr Baker premiered at the SXSW festival in 2012, and its raw portrayal of Baker’s extraordinary life won it the grand jury award for best documentary feature. ROCK and roll legend Ginger Baker, co-founder of Cream, has died aged 80. 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READ MORE: Ginger Baker, 1939-2019 – the NME obituary The … 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. Bullied at school, he began playing drums at the age of 16, and, and was earning a living as a professional musician a year later, becoming a fixture of London's 1950s Soho jazz scene. Again, that only lasted just a year. He learnt about African rhythms from his hero, another British jazz drummer Phil Seaman -- who also introduced Baker to heroin, a habit that scourged much of his life. Following Cream’s demise, Baker joined a new “supergroup”, Blind Faith, with Clapton, Steve Winwood (from Traffic) and bassist Ric Grech (from Family). Cream is now seen as the first “supergroup”, comprising outstanding musicians each of whom was blazing a trail on his respective instrument. Before the arrival of Ginger Baker, the drummer used to be the quiet one sitting at the back of the stage whose job was to keep time. He continued to play with some of the great names of rock 'n' roll including Public Image Ltd, the band of former Sex Pistols front man Johnny Rotten. "He saw something about me that I never thought before, he would say it is about time," said Clapton in the acclaimed 2012 documentary about Baker "Beware of Mr Baker. Hits such as I Feel Free (1966), White Room (1968), Sunshine of Your Love (1968), Tales of Brave Ulysses (1967) and Badge (1969) are some of the most atmospheric, rhythmic and distinctive compositions of their era. Updated at 10:42 a.m. London (CNN) Ginger Baker, notorious hellraiser and celebrated drummer in the supergroup Cream, has died at the age of 80 at a hospital in the United Kingdom. — Ginger Baker (@GingerBDrums) October 6, 2019 The family confirmed Baker's death to NBC News. Baker also learnt to play polo in Nigeria, a passion that remained with him forever, but led to a fall-out with Kuti as many of the members of the Lagos Polo Club were Kuti's enemies. Baker said he suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from years of heavy smoking, and chronic back pain from degenerative osteoarthritis in 2013. Baker was always bitter that Bruce and the lyricist Pete Brown (the unofficial “fourth member” of Cream) had claimed most of the songwriting royalties from Cream, and so with Air Force and most of his future projects he figured prominently in the writing credits. Just a month prior, his official Twitter shared news that Baker checked in to a hospital due to an unknown illness. If you're new, Subscribe! Cream’s debut single, Wrapping Paper (1966), was uncharacteristic light jazzy pop, but their debut album, Fresh Cream, released that December, found the group already hitting its distinctive stride in powerful tracks such as NSU, I’m So Glad and Spoonful. There he hooked up with the father of Afro-beat, the legendary Fela Kuti, and for a while the two men were inseparable. Ginger Baker, performing with Cream in 1966. ET There are lots of firsts and superlatives in the career of Ginger Baker, the … Ginger Baker Cause Of Death: While Baker was a jazz drummer in London clubs, Ginger Baker begun using the drug. Ginger Baker, the volatile and propulsive British musician who was best known for his time with the rock supergroup Cream, has died at 80, his family says. In 2006 the band received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement. During his spell in Lagos, Baker featured on Kuti’s 1971 album Live!, while Kuti appeared on Baker’s Stratavarious (1972). Rock legend Ginger Baker died Sunday, October 6th at the age of 80. He was 80. In 1962 Baker, then a jobbing drummer in London’s jazz clubs, had been recommended by Charlie Watts, the future Rolling Stones drummer, for a job with Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, where he first encountered Bruce. Along with Graham Bond and the saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith, the pair formed the Graham Bond Organisation, playing a form of jazzy rhythm and blues that won them a devoted following. Baker weaned himself off the drug in that decade and, following, his work with PiL, continued to collaborate with Laswell, with his own album Horses & Trees (1986), an eclectic set featuring the violinist L Shankar and percussionist Aïyb Dieng, and Middle Passage (1990), a mix of Afrobeat, rock and jazz-fusion. Again forced to move, he resettled in Tulbagh in the Western Cape. However, in the late 90s, problems with the tax and immigration authorities forced him to leave the US for good. Last modified on Sun 6 Oct 2019 16.24 EDT. Psychedelic rock band Hawkwind, which worked with Baker, tweeted their condolences on his death Sunday. Late last month the musician's family announced he was critically ill at a hospital. “There was no electricity, and he had this tiny bed he would sleep in with his dogs. Baker fully immersed himself in the rhythms of African music, and also joined the Lagos Polo Club. Ginger Baker played with Eric Clapton, married four times, battled heroin and had a fling with Germaine Greer... as he dies at 80, here's why the drummer was the ultimate rock wildman You were a one off and and a true legend...We were honoured to work with you...RIP," the band's Twitter page said. By the end of the decade he had played with Terry Lightfoot’s New Orleans Jazzmen and bands run by the jazz clarinettist Acker Bilk and the jazz guitarist Diz Disley. Baker decided to form his own band and invited guitarist Eric Clapton to join him. Clapton was enthusiastic, but insisted on bringing in Bruce on bass. Ginger Baker, who helped redefine the role of the drums in rock and became a superstar in the process, died on Sunday in a hospital in southeastern England. The story goes when late bassist Jack Bruce was a few hours from death in 2014, he phoned up close friends to say goodbye. The same year, an impoverished Baker had to sell up and leave South Africa. A second album, Ginger Baker’s Air Force 2, was released in December 1970, but it failed to recapture the spontaneous magic of its predecessor, and both album and band slid into obscurity. Ginger Baker, drummer with legendary rock band Cream, dies aged 80. (If you haven't seen the great doc 'Beware Of Mr Baker' do check it out) pic.twitter.com/2ZaJcbcmK2, "Dad passed away peacefully," his daughter Nettie Baker told CNN in a statement. Ginger Baker, the legendary drummer known for forming the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-inducted ‘60s supergroup Cream with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, died Sunday at … After he left Nigeria Baker moved to Italy where he ran a wine ranch and then he moved to the US. Cream’s stage shows often featured improvisations lasting 20 minutes or more, and the group’s 1968 double album Wheels of Fire included a 16-minute version of the Willie Dixon song Spoonful, and 16 more minutes of Baker’s drumming showcase Toad. Baker, also known as 'the most terrifying man in music', founded Cream along with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce in 1966. Ginger Baker had been battling health issues in the final years of his life (Picture: Getty Images) Legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker has passed away … • Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker, drummer, born 19 August 1939; died 6 October 2019 Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton of Cream during their farewell performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 1968. 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