Ginger Baker, drummer
Graham Bond Organization ~ Cream ~ Blind Faith
birth name: Peter Edward Baker

Ginger Baker

August 19, 1939, Lewisham, England

An English drummer who played with Cream and Blind Faith. He is also known for his numerous associations with World music, mainly the use of African influences. He has also had other collaborations such as with Gary Moore, Hawkwind and Public Image Ltd. ~ Wikipedia: Ginger Baker ~ retrieved August 13, 2013 © Wikipedia

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August 19, 1961 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Mar-keys, Last Night ~ #2 (2) Chris Kenner, I Like It Like That Part 1 ~ #1 (1) Bobby Lewis, Tossin' And Turnin'


Ginger Baker ~ Ranked #16 Stylus 50 Greatest Rock Drummers in 2007 ~ Peter Baker, a Londoner with ginger hair, was best known as a jazz drummer trapped inside the body of a blues rocker. ~ 2007 © Stylus

As a Session musician, guest or band member

George Harrison ~ All Things Must Pass (1970) ~ Ranked #433 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Harrison had almost enough songs stored up from his Beatles days for a triple LP - the gas starts to run out during the jams on Side Six. But spiritual guitar quests like My Sweet Lord and What Is Life became classics. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone


In 1993 Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame; Clapton, Baker, and Bruce reunited to perform three songs at the ceremonies. In 2005, the volatile trio again reemerged for sell-out performances from their legendary catalog at a four-date show in early May at London's Royal Albert Hall and a two-date show in late October at New York's Madison Square Garden, but the tensions resurfaced and Clapton and Baker later said there would be no more reunions. The following February, Cream won a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. ~ Rolling Stone: Cream ~ retrieved October 23, 2013 © Rolling Stone

Cream ~ Inducted in the 1993 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Driven by thoughts of moving from straight blues into a new kind of pop music – one that took note of directions emerging from London’s underground scene – Baker approached Clapton about forming a band. Clapton’s sole proviso was that Jack Bruce must be the bassist. As rock’s first “supergroup,” Cream aimed to break new ground, according to Clapton in an interview from that time, “What we want to do is anything that people haven’t done before,” he said. In actuality, the group remained grounded in the blues while expanding the vocabulary of rock with extended improvisations during their live shows and forays into psychedelia on record. ~ 1993 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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