Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, and More Remember Ginger Baker

The drummer passed away this weekend at the age of 80

October 7, 2019

Ginger Baker, the iconic drummer behind the band Cream, passed away this weekend at the age of 80 after spending the week in the hospital.

"We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully in the hospital this morning," Baker's family wrote Sunday morning. "Thank you to everyone for your kind words over the past weeks."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member spent a brief time in Cream with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, but his impact has echoed through the generations. His madman style and jazz background made him both refined and ferocious in his approach to the kit.

In the hours after his passing, several from the music community who have been touched by his work, shared their own tributes on social media.

Paul McCartney called Baker a “great drummer, wild and lovely guy,” in a post, noting that the two worked together on the Band on the Run album.

“So much freedom in his playing. What a Wildman,” shared Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. “Rhythms we’ve heard all our lives he plucked them out of the sky.”

“He was a fiery but extremely talented and innovative drummer,” offered up Mick Jagger, who remembered his own time playing with Baker. “Incredible musician. Wild and inventive drummer,” added Ringo Starr. “Peace and love to his family.”

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