He was considered one of the best drummers in the world. Ginger Baker, the founder with Eric Clapton of the Band Cream, died at the age of 80 years in the UK. To old age he was standing on the stage.
Even with nearly 80 Ginger Baker wanted to know it again, and gave several concerts. Since he had had open-heart surgery behind arthritis and chronic lung disease. To Baker’s polyrhythmic solos, drummer measure up today. He ranks third among the “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” (100 greatest drummers of all times) of the music magazine Rolling Stone.
“Cream” founded Ginger Baker in 1966, together with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce. The Band has released four albums. Baker was the first drummer who has performed as a soloist and even to the Star. Eric Clapton called him in awe, “a fully-trained musician” who was able to use the “entire musical spectrum”. Many factors contributed to the end of Cream: Bakers temper often went with him, and he clashed with Jack Bruce in anger – even on the stage. Additionally, the ecstatic fans, the bot no longer a challenge: The audience cheered already, before the musicians had played their first notes. The Band “Cream” there was therefore only two years.
Baker founded with Clapton, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech the Band “Blind Faith”. A short time later, Baker got out. Together with the Band “Air Force,” he published a series of solo albums, including his most recent with the title “Why?”, in the year 2014.
In 2005, the Cream came to the original occupation after 37 years together: Ginger Baker (drums) with Eric Clapton
Peter Edward Baker – he was called in his Childhood because of his red hair Ginger was on 19. August 1939 born in the area of Lewisham in South East London. His father, a Mason, died in the Second world war during a mission. Baker trained as a Teenager to become a professional cyclist – and only by accident brought him to the drums. He was a natural talent. The influential British Jazz drummer Phil Seamen took him under his wing and trained him. “He heard me one Night to play and afterwards said: “Sit down, I want to talk to you. You’re the only drummer I know that has it on it’,” recalled Baker later in an Interview. He quickly established himself as a drummer in the London jazz scene.
Drugs, music, and Polo
A large part of the 1970s, spent Baker in the Nigerian capital of Lagos, where he founded a recording Studio, and in the African music in-depth. He performed together with the Nigerian singer, Songwriter and political activist Fela Kuti. His love for Polo proved so costly that he in the purchase and the Import of Polo ponies completely indebted. As of 2009, appears in his autobiography, “Hellraiser”, (hell riders), he writes in it openly of his drug and alcohol excesses. Alone 29 Times, he should have tried from a Heroin habit to kick. On a tour in the years 1983 and 1984, in Germany, Malta and Spain, he drank even so much that he could remember nothing more.
Ginger Baker and the other members of Cream were inducted in 1993 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Band reunited in 2005 for concerts in London and New York, and in 2006 received a Grammy Award for her life’s work.
The family, Ginger Baker’s death was confirmed in a Tweed in his official Twitter Account.
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