Iconic drummer Ginger Baker of Cream died yesterday. Known as one third of the hugely successful band, Baker died after days of being “critically ill” in hospital. Also known for his work with Fela Kuti and Blind Faith, Baker was considered as one of the best percussionists in the world. As such, the tributes began to pour in almost instantly.
As the world comes to terms with the tragic news, tributes have been flowing in from musicians, fans and people close to the drummer showing their respects to the passing of another legend.
Paul McCartney shared a message in honour of his late Band of the Run collaborator stating he was a “Ginger Baker, great drummer, wild and lovely guy.” Along with McCartney were others such as Jack Bruce, Baker’s bandmate in Cream who wrote: “Surviving a love-hate relationship, Ginger was like an older brother to Jack, their chemistry was truly spectacular.” Other huge names to pay their respects were Mick Jagger, Brian Wilson, Steve Winwood, Queen’s Brian May, Ringo Starr, Flea, Questlove, Edgar Wright, to name a few.
The younger son of Baker, who plays drums in the tribute band the Music of Cream posted a statement on their website that read “The other day I had a beautiful visit with my dad…we talked about memories and music and he’s happy that I’m keeping his legacy alive… 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.”
Ginger was renowned for his fiery personality, Jay Bulger who directed documentary Beware of Mr Baker wrote in a Rolling Stones memorial “Ginger drove sports cars off cliffs in Algeria,” he wrote. “The night Jimi Hendrix died, Ginger Baker was with him. He chain-smoked for 50 years. He took heroin for decades. Four wives. Three children. He was a living testament to the stiff upper lip that gained Britain its empire. So long, Ginge. Don’t worry, like you always said: ‘The devil takes care of its own.’”