Ginger Baker Is Dead Today At 80

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The news today a reported by New York Times is that Ginger Baker is dead. He died at 80.

Ginger Baker, who helped redefine the role of the drums in rock and became a superstar in the process, died on Sunday in a hospital in southeastern England.

He was 80.
His family confirmed his death in a post on his official Twitter account.

And Mr. Baker drew worldwide attention for his approach to the drums, as sophisticated as it was forceful, when he teamed with the guitarist Eric Clapton and the bassist Jack Bruce in the hugely successful British band Cream in 1966.

[Listen to 15 of Ginger Baker’s essential songs.]
Besides, Keith Moon of the Who was more uninhibited; John Bonham of Led Zeppelin — a band formed in 1968, the year Cream broke up — was slicker.
But Mr. Baker brought a new level of artistry to his instrument.

And he was the first rock drummer to be prominently featured as a soloist and to become a star in his own right.

Importantly, Mr. Clapton praised him as “a fully formed musician” whose “musical capabilities are the full spectrum.” Read more


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