Ginger Baker Bio
Ginger Baker is an English drummer and a co-founder of the rock band Cream. He has passed away on October 6, 2019, in South East England, United Kingdom. He was best known for his time with the power trio Cream.
Baker’s work in the 1960s earned him the reputation of “rock’s first superstar drummer,” while his style melded a jazz background with African rhythms.
Sad to hear of the the death of Ginger Baker. Iconic and hugely influential drummer. One of the original British rock and rollers. Rest in Peace, Ginge. #HumanCombineHarvester pic.twitter.com/1xYe9rFm7t
— Sherlock H (@MatelotSherlock) October 6, 2019
|Birth Date||August 19, 1939|
|Birth Place||Lewisham, London, United Kingdom|
|Death Date||October 6, 2019|
|Spouse||Liz Finch (1959–1978), Sarah Baker (1983–1984)|
Karen Loucks (1990–1999), Kudzai Machokoto (2010–2019)
|Net Worth||Update Soon|
Peter Edward Ginger’s shock of flaming red hair. His mother worked in a tobacco shop; his father, Frederick Louvain Formidable Baker, was a bricklayer employed by his own father. his father was killed in action in 1943
An athletic child, Baker began playing drums at about 15 years old as an outlet for his restless energy.
In the early 1960s, he took lessons from Phil Seamen, one of the leading British jazz drummers of the post-war era.
He gained early fame as a member of the Graham Bond Organisation with future Cream bandmate Jack Bruce. The Graham Bond Organisation was an R& B/blues group with strong jazz leanings.
In 1994, he formed a jazz trio with Charlie Haden and Bill Frisell.
He had spells living in Italy, California, Colorado and South Africa, and developed a passion for polo.
In 2008, when living in South Africa, he was defrauded of more than £30,000 by a bank clerk he had hired as a personal assistant.
Ginger Baker…the drummer R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/cl9o53iVVF
— Andrea Marano (@AndreaMarano11) October 6, 2019
Ginger Baker Career
Early work came with the jazz guitarist Diz Disley which ended when an 18-year-old Baker set fire to a hotel while on tour in Europe.
The band split in 1968, releasing a final album in 1969. A reunion in 2005 ended in animosity, with Baker and Bruce shouting at each other on stage in New York. In 1969.
Baker moved to Nigeria in 1971 and set up the Batakota recording studio in Lagos, which hosted local musicians as well as established stars.
Ginger Baker Cream
Baker founded the rock band Cream in 1966 with bassist Jack Bruce and guitarist Eric Clapton. A fusion of blues, psychedelic rock, and hard rock, the band released four albums in a little over two years before breaking up in 1968.
Wife, Children, Personal Life
He said in 1970. He was married four times.
Ginger Baker Wife
Liz Finch (1959–1978)
Sarah Baker (1983–1984)
Karen Loucks (1990–1999)
Kudzai Machokoto (2010–2019)
Baker and his first wife, Liz Finch, had their first child, Ginette Karen, on December 20th, 1960. Baker’s second daughter, Leda, was born on February 20th, 1968. Baker’s son, Kofi Streatfield Baker, was born in March 1969 and named after a friend of Baker’s, Ghanaian drummer Kofi Ghana.
Ginger Baker’s Death and Cause
Ginger Baker has died on October 6th, 2019 at the age of 80. He was an English drummer and a founder of the rock band Cream.
His work in the 1960s earned him the reputation of rock first superstar drummer, while his individual style melds a jazz background with African rhythms. He is credited as a pioneer of drumming in genres like jazz fusion and world music.