Ginger Baker, the influential and innovative drummer who laid the groundwork for heavy metal and world music, has died at the age of Ginger Baker , the wildly influential and innovative drummer who laid the groundwork for heavy metal and world music and played with everyone from Fela Kuti to John Lydon to Max Roach, died Sunday after a lengthy hospital stay. He was Our relationship was mended and he was in a peaceful place. Thank you all for the kind messages and thoughts. I love my dad and will miss him always.
One of the most cantankerous and volatile figures in rock history, Baker rarely lasted more than a couple of years with any single band. Cream, his most famous group, dissolved after barely two years.
Legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker dies age 80
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It was anger, not enjoyment — and painful. I suffered onstage because of that [high amplifier] volume crap. Regardless of how Baker felt about his influence, countless hard-rock drummers consider him one of the greatest players in history. Everyone who came after built on that foundation. Peter Edward Baker was born on August 19th, , in London.
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But his passion remained for African music — for which inspiration went into the four Cream albums produced — and he went on to set up a recording studio in Nigeria, and worked with Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti. Follow Metro. Share this article via facebook Share this article via twitter Share this article via messenger Share this with Share this article via email Share this article via flipboard Copy link. Baker later said, was the extreme volume at which Mr. Clapton and Mr. Bruce played.
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They kept piling these huge Marshall speakers one on top of another. Clapton joined forces with the singer, keyboardist and guitarist Steve Winwood, known for his work with the Spencer Davis Group and Traffic.
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Baker led a peripatetic life and stayed largely out of the spotlight. He spent much of the s in Lagos, Nigeria, where he built a recording studio and became immersed in African music, performing and recording with the singer, songwriter and political activist Fela Kuti. He also developed a love for polo that over the years would prove almost as costly as his drug habit: He drove himself into debt more than once buying and importing polo ponies.
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In the ensuing decades he was in and out of various bands, ranging from the hard-rock group Masters of Reality to a jazz trio in which his high-profile sidemen were the guitarist Bill Frisell and the bassist Charlie Haden. He was also in and out of financial trouble and moved frequently, living in England, Italy, Los Angeles and South Africa, where he settled in and stayed until returning to England in The band reunited for concerts in London and New York in and received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in Whatever hope there might have been for another reunion ended when Jack Bruce died in Baker was married four times.
He is survived by his wife, Kudzai Baker, a nurse from Zimbabwe with whom he lived in Kent, England, and three children: Nettie Baker, who has written several books about her relationship with him; Leda Baker, a business analyst; and Kofi Baker, a drummer. All were born in the s during Mr. In , although he had serious health problems, Mr.