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Music Legends Pay Tribute To Cream Drummer Ginger Baker, Dead At 80

Written by Emmy Mack on October 7, 2019

The music world is paying tribute to legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker, who passed away this weekend at the age of 80.

The founding member of the psych rock supergroup, who is widely considered one of the most influential drummers of his generation, died peacefully in hospital after falling critically ill.

“We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully this morning,” a statement on his social media page reads. “Thank you to everyone for your kind words to us all over the past weeks.”

A slew of fellow music legends including Beatles greats Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, Beach Boy Brian Wlison, Red Hot Chili Pepper Flea and more have hit social media to share memories and pay tribute to the pioneering drummer.

Among them was the family of Baker’s former Cream bandmate, Jack Bruce.

“Surviving a love hate relationship, Ginger was like an older brother to Jack, their chemistry was truly spectacular,” they wrote. “RIP Ginger, one of the greatest drummers of all time.”

While Steve Winwood, who played with Baker in his other band Blind Faith, saluted the beat king for creating his “own inimitable style of playing,” and added that “beneath his somewhat abrasive exterior, there was a very sensitive human being with a heart of gold”.

RIP Ginger.

Read some of the tributes to one of the all time greats below.

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