Ginger Baker, wild and brilliant Cream drummer, dies aged 80

NORTH HOLLYWOOD CA- NOVEMBER 06 Musician Ginger Baker of Cream performs at the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp at AMP Rehearsal Studios

Ginger Baker, wild and brilliant Cream drummer, dies aged 80

Cream drummer Ginger Baker died at the age of 80 on October 6, his family confirmed.

Ginger Baker, the highly influential and irrepressible drummer, who gave the backbeat to bands such as Cream and Blind Faith not to mention adventurous side projects, died today.

His daughter confirmed that the musician, real name Peter Baker, passed away peacefully. "Thank you to everyone for your kind words to us over the past weeks", the message notes.

Baker made headlines in September after he was hospitalized, with a spokesperson saying he was "critically ill". They added: "He is receiving visits from close family & very special friends".

Baker was a drummer from early on, even rapping out rhythms on his school desk as he mimicked the big band music he loved and didn't let the occasional caning from a teacher deter him. Baker was 80 years old. Loose-limbed Afrobeat track featuring Ginger sitting in with Nigerian music star Fela Kuti's electrifying percussive ensemble. In June 2016, he had open heart surgery for his degenerative osteoarthritis, which forced him to cancel his tour that year with Ginger Baker's Air Force.

Cream were fashioned in London in 1966, and in some unspecified time in the future of their time collectively released four albums - Recent Cream, Disraeli Gears, Wheels Of Fireplace and Goodbye, which used to be their handiest no 1 album. Though their run was brief, their impact was massive, with the group gaining Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1993. Twelve years later, they played their first full reunion shows at New York's Madison Square Garden and the London's Royal Albert Hall.

Baker was born in South London in 1939, and his father was killed in World War II.

The documentary, "Beware of Mr Baker", documented the life of the drummer, who was considered a temperamental and argumentative figure on the music scene. "I was in awe of him because he was trained as a jazz drummer and played in a completely different way, and sounded different from most [rock] drummers, like Charlie Watts".

His next venture was Ginger Baker's Airforce - band that fused rock with jazz and African influences.

As powerful of his drumming, the red-haired and edgy Baker also forged a fearsome reputation off-stage, involved in numerous scraps with musicians and media.

Bruce, who played guitar and did most of the lead vocals for Cream, died in 2014.

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