Legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker remembered by Rush, Ace Frehley, Mike Portnoy and more

Posted by on October 7, 2019

Ginger Baker, the legendary drummer in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-inducted ‘60s supergroup Cream with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, died on Sunday (6th) at the age of 80. Baker was hospitalized for an undisclosed “critical illness.” However, he has suffered from multiple medical illnesses over the last few years including open-heart surgery in 2016 after being diagnosed with “serious heart problems.”

Ginger’s death was announced by his family on social media, stating: 

“We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully this morning. Thank you to everyone for your kind words to us all over the past weeks.”

Baker will be remembered as one of the founding fathers of heavy music and one of the greatest drummers of all time. He was one of the pioneers of double bass drumming as he was an unbeatable force of nature who also dabbled in lengthy drum solos. One could say, there wouldn’t be a Dave Lombardo, Peter Criss, Ian Paice, John Bonham, Neil Peart, Nick Mason, Bill Bruford if it wasn’t for Baker’s influences. With that being said, many musicians ranging from Ace Frehley, Mike Portnoy, Carmine Appice, and more have responded to the late drummer’s death:



Our thoughts and condolences go out to Baker’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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