Ginger Baker, legendary drummer for Cream, has died

Baker was 80 years old.

October 06, 2019
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Legendary drummer and singer Ginger Baker, known most for his work with the psychedelic rock band Cream, had died at the age of 80, according to CNN. The musician has had medical issues dating back several years and reports had recently surfaced that he was critically ill in hospital, with his family sharing that he was "holding his own" previously. Back in 2016, he underwent open-heart surgery causing him to cancel a handful of shows. The family took to Twitter to break the news, tweeting out, "We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully in hospital this morning."

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Though Cream was only active for two years, their songs "White Room," "Sunshine of Your Life" and "Crossroads" have become rock classics, and were later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Throughout his long career, during which he straddled the worlds of rock and his first love jazz, he led his own group called Giner Baker's Air Force, a part of the band Hawkwind, form the band Blind Faith with Eric Clapton, and even release the collaborative Live! album alongside Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and his band Africa 70.

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Ginger Baker, legendary drummer for Cream, has died