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4 March 1932 – 6 October 2019
Ginger Baker died peacefully in hospital. He was 80 years
of age. His daughter (Nettie Baker) stated that he was “suffering
from many long term conditions notably chronic obstructive pulmonary
Considered one of the greatest drummers of all time, Ginger Baker
played with the bands Cream and Blind Faith. He is known for using
two bass drums in his kit.
Peter “Ginger” Baker was born in London in 1939. He
began playing drums as a teen, and by age 16 he was touring. He
formed the band Cream in 1966, and when it dissolved, he formed
Blind Faith. Ginger Baker’s next years were marked by addiction
and fights with bandmates, and he fled to Nigeria to get clean.
Financial troubles ultimately drove him to settle in South Africa,
where he lived and raised polo ponies until his death in 2019.
A documentary about Baker's life, Beware of Mr. Baker, debuted
at South by Southwest in 2012.
Ginger Baker's brief biography courtesy of bio.com