August 19th, 1039 to October 6th, 2019
He was a member of the legendary power trio, Cream
By Doug Draper
Posted October 13th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
It is a little belated, but I can’t go let another day go by without posting a wee bit of a tribute to Ginger Baker, who was, without question, one of the greatest rock drummers in the world.
Ginger (Peter Edward) Baker, who found himself, along with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, swept to worldwide fame in the 1960s as part of the powerhouse trio Cream, died this October 6th in his native at age 80.
Eighty-years old! I know the years have been racing by, but that is still a little a little wild to rap my mind around.
I can still remember those jaw-dropping moments, as a young kid in high school, turning on a radio and, for the very first time, listening to one of their most commercially successful songs, ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, from an album called ‘Disraeli Gears’, which has stood the test of time, more than 50 years later.
Ginger Baker started his career in music as a jazz drummer before joining together with Clapton and Bruce to form one of rock music’s very first super groups, and it showed in his playing.
It is hard to imagine any young drummer coming out of a two beats to a bar, garage band situation, and mastering, as Ginger Baker did, the kind of musical hurdles songs like ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ or one of my all-time favourite Cream songs, ‘White Room’, presented him with.
Just listen to and watch his drumming on ‘White Room’, featured at a reunion show Cream (a group that was originally only together for about three years) performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England in 2005, by clicking on the screen below –
RIP Ginger Baker.
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