Ginger Baker: Legendary Cream drummer dies aged 80

Ginger Baker, among the most advanced and influential drummers in rock music, has died at age 80.A co-founder of curry, he also played with Blind Faith, Hawkwind and Fela Kuti at a long and diverse career.

His design combined the lyricism of Google News using the primitive power of stone. 1 critic said viewing him was like watching”an individual mix harvester”.However he was also a temperamental and argumentative figure, whose behavior often resulted in on-stage punch-ups.

Nicknamed Ginger because of his flaming red hair, the artist had been created Peter Edward Baker at Lewisham, south London, shortly before World War Two.His bricklayer dad was killed in action in 1943, and he had been brought up in near poverty with his mom, step-father and aunt.

When he attempted to stop, gang-members assaulted him with a razor

‘Natural timing’

His early ambition was to ride at the Tour de France but he had been made to give up the game when, aged 16, his bike got”caught up” using a cab.”I was constantly banging on the desks in school,” he remembered. “So all of the children kept saying,’Go on, go and play with the drums’, and I just sat right down and that I could playwith.

“it is a present from God. You have either got it or you have not. And I have it. Natural moment.”The powerful legs he had developed on long bicycle rides assisted him to play the bass drum set he favoured and Baker shortly talked his way to his first gig.

He performed jazz acts such as Terry Lightfoot and Acker Bilk however his personality – fragmented and competitive, but articulate and persistent – was frequently an odd match.He gained early fame as a member of the Graham Bond Organisation along with bassist Jack Bruce – but it had been their partnership together with Eric Clapton in Cream which created all three superstars.