Baker, Ginger

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Baker, Ginger Gender: M
Peter Edward Baker
born on 19 August 1939
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone BST h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Astrodienst
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Ginger Baker (with Cream in 1968)
photo: Omroepvereniging VARA, license cc-by-sa-3.0


English drummer and a co-founder of the world's first supergroup Cream. His work in the 1960s earned him the reputation of "rock's first superstar drummer", while his individual style melded a jazz background with African rhythms. He is credited as having been a pioneer of drumming in such genres as jazz fusion and world music.

Baker was nicknamed "Ginger" for his shock of flaming red hair. He began playing drums at age 15, and later took lessons from English jazz drummer Phil Seamen. In the 1960s he joined Blues Incorporated, where he met bassist Jack Bruce. The two clashed often, but would be rhythm section partners again in the Graham Bond Organisation and Cream, the latter of which Baker co-founded with Eric Clapton in 1966. Cream achieved worldwide success but lasted only until 1968, in part due to Baker's and Bruce's volatile relationship. After briefly working with Clapton in Blind Faith and leading Ginger Baker's Air Force, Baker spent several years in the 1970s living and recording in Africa, often with Fela Kuti, in pursuit of his long-time interest in African music. Among Baker's other collaborations are his work with Gary Moore, Masters of Reality, Public Image Ltd, Hawkwind, Atomic Rooster, Bill Laswell, jazz bassist Charlie Haden, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and Ginger Baker's Energy.

Baker's drumming is regarded for its style, showmanship, and use of two bass drums instead of the conventional one. In his early days, he performed lengthy drum solos, most notably in the five-minute-long Cream song "Toad" (1966), one of the earliest recorded examples in rock music.

In February 2006, Cream received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their contribution to, and influence upon, modern music. Baker was an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also as a member of Cream, of the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2008, and of the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2016.

Baker was noted for his eccentric, often self-destructive lifestyle, and he struggled with heroin addiction for many years. Baker was married four times and fathered three children.

In February 2013, Baker said he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from years of heavy smoking, and chronic back pain from degenerative osteoarthritis. He died in the morning of 6 October 2019 at the age of 80, at a hospital in Canterbury, Kent.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Bruce, Jack (born 14 May 1943). Notes: Members of Cream and Graham Bond Organisation
  • associate relationship with Clapton, Eric (born 30 March 1945). Notes: Members of Cream, Blind Faith
  • associate relationship with Haden, Charlie (born 6 August 1937). Notes: The Ginger Baker Trio
  • associate relationship with Lydon, John (born 31 January 1956). Notes: Music collaborators, Public Image Ltd
  • associate relationship with Winwood, Steve (born 12 May 1948). Notes: Members of Blind Faith and Ginger Baker's Air Force


  • Work : Prize February 2006 (Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Cream)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 7 June 2010 (Autobiography, "Hellraiser")
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis February 2016 ("Serious heart issues")
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Source Notes

From his autobiography, Ginger Baker - Hellraiser: The Autobiography of The World's Greatest Drummer by Ginger Baker (Kings Road, 2010). No time given.


  • Traits : Body : Hair (Red)
  • Traits : Personality : Temper (Violent)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Bone (Osteoarthritis)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Heroin addict, heavy smoker)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (UK to Africa, USA)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 80)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star ("Nasty Boys," 1990)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Cream, etc)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Drummer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Hellraiser")
  • Notable : Awards : Grammy (Lifetime Achievement Award, Cream)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Superstar drummer)