After days of being “critically ill” within the hospital, the enduring drummer Ginger Baker died immediately. Baker—greatest identified for his work with Cream, Fela Kuti, and Blind Faith—was broadly thought of probably the greatest percussionists on the planet. Musicians who labored with Baker and the leagues of individuals impressed by him took a second this morning to pay tribute to the late rock icon.
The household of the late Jack Bruce, Baker’s bandmate in Cream, wrote a tribute to Baker. “Surviving a love hate relationship, Ginger was like an older brother to Jack, their chemistry was truly spectacular,” the Bruce household wrote. Paul McCartney share a notice in honor of his late Band on the Run collaborator, calling him a “wild and lovely guy.” Find these memorials, plus tributes from Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Flea, Questlove, Edgar Wright, and extra.
Baker was additionally a famend for his often risky character, which was captured within the Jay Bulger-directed documentary Beware Mr. Baker. Bulger penned a memorial to Baker for Rolling Stone. “Ginger drove sports cars off cliffs in Algeria,” he wrote. “The night Jimi Hendrix died, Ginger Baker was with him. He chain-smoked for 50 years. He took heroin for decades. Four wives. Three children. He was a living testament to the stiff upper lip that gained Britain its empire. So long, Ginge. Don’t worry, like you always said: ‘The devil takes care of its own.’”