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Ginger Baker
Baker behind an elaborate drum kit
Baker in 1997
Background information
Birth namePeter Edward Baker
Born19 August 1939(1939-08-19)
Lewisham, London, England
Died6 October 2019(2019-10-06) (aged 80)
Canterbury, Kent, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • vocals
Years active1954–2019
Labels
Associated acts
Websitegingerbaker.com

Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker (19 August 1939 – 6 October 2019) was an English drummer. He was a founder of the rock band Cream.[1] His work in the 1960s earned him the title of "rock's first superstar drummer". Baker is known for his musical genres jazz fusion, heavy metal and world music.[2]

In 2013, Baker was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.[3] In September 2019, his family announced he was critically ill and asked fans to keep him in their prayers.[4] While it was announced Baker was holding his own three days later;[5] he eventually died on 6 October 2019 at the age of 80.[6]

References

  1. Baker, Ginger and Ginette. Hellraiser The autobiography of the World's Most Famous Drummer. John Blake Publishing. 
  2. Adam Budofski, The Drummer: 100 Years of Rhythmic Power and Invention, Hal Leonard Corporation, 2010
  3. "Baker’s back". idrummag.com. 10 February 2013. http://www.idrummag.com/interviews/bakers-back/. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  4. Daly, Rhian (30 September 2019). "Cream's Ginger Baker is "holding his own "after being admitted to hospital in critical condition". https://www.nme.com/news/music/cream-ginger-baker-critically-ill-hospital-family-2551376. 
  5. "CREAM's GINGER BAKER Is 'Holding His Own' In Hospital". 29 September 2019. https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/creams-ginger-baker-is-holding-his-own-in-hospital/. 
  6. Keepnews, Peter (October 6, 2019). "Ginger Baker, Superstar Rock Drummer With U.K. Band Cream, Is Dead at 80". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/06/arts/music/ginger-baker-dead.html. Retrieved October 6, 2019.