Ginger Baker: RIP

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by L.A. Mike, Sep 26, 2019.

  1. L.A. Mike

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    Edited by moderator after Ginger’s passing, at the request of the OP.


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    His family is asking for prayers.
    I believe he was born in 1939 so he'd be 80.
    He has had lung problems for years due to smoking all his life.

    Please, out of respect to Ginger, no need to mention that he is a grumpy old man now. This isn't the time nor place for it. If you feel you must bash him, create your own thread.

    I saw Cream three times in the late 60s. At the Fillmore and then at Winterland.
    I saw them in Los Angeles when they did their Goodbye Cream tour.
    They were the first band I had ever seen who were such accomplished soloists. And they were incredibly tight, considering the time those concerts took place.

    Get well, Ginger.



     
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  2. thunderbyrd

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    no desire to bash him at all, glad to pray for him. he's the same age as my father.
     
  3. rolandson

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    Hey! I'm a grumpy old man! Ain't nothing wrong with a bit of vinegar as one winds down.

    Clapton wasn't the reason I went to see Cream when they played Portland. He made his mark; Cream wouldn't have been Cream without him. No one, not even the man himself, can take that away from him...

    Or us.

    Godspeed Ginger.
     
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    He will be always known as one of the great drummers. He was complicated and you’re right we don’t need to dwell on that now but man could he drum.


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    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
  6. Larmo63

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    Ginger is an enigma.

    Always has been, always will be.

    Interesting cat.
     
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    I literally just listened to "Do what you like"....

     
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    Ginger was involved as a “world music” drummer post Cream Blind Faith.
    Respect.
    S
     
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    My favorite drummer, nobody plays like him... the Heartbeat of Cream... Get well soon Mr. Baker !

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    He stole the show at the Cream reunion gigs and his 90’s record with Frisell is great.

     
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    Best wishes to him

    Amazing player, hugely influential

    One of the first if not The First western rock pop jazz players to really explore world music. Check out the vids of him touring African countries in his Land Rover.
     
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    He is one of the greatest.
    All the best to him.
     
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    Out of respect to Ginger please spell his name right in the headline.
     
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    Positive thoughts & mojo heading to a great drummer. Get well soon, Mr Baker
     
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    Thanks for posting this. I wasn't hugely a fan of electric music when Cream were around, but even then I could see all three were serious and talented musicians. As time went by all three became among my favourites on their instruments. I've only recently discovered Bill Frisell (I know, I know) and hadn't heard him with Ginger. And Charlie Haden too! I'm listening to their albums this morning with great pleasure.

    Very best wishes to Ginger.
     
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    I remember well when Fresh Cream came out and I first heard it... was probably around 1967 or so? Absolutely AMAZED me. I'll never forget that album, and the next few, as well. And Blind Faith (love Steve WInwood!).

    Anyway, Ginger has led a long life with much accomplishment. If this is his time to bow out, that's perfectly fine. May he go easily and peacefully.

    I believe that when we leave this earth it is a blessed and incredibly wonderful experience - even though most of us probably have some fear of the process that takes us.

    God forbid that any one of us should have to live forever. :eek:
     
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    listening to Toad for old times' sake.... Ginger was part of the sound track of our youth....crazy as he was....

    it must be a drummer thing....:twisted:

     
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    Not knocking Ginger but you mentioned smoking, which I hate and plead with friends, associates, to give it away for health reasons.
     
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    Superb drummer - the first time I heard him on 'Best of Cream', I thought 'Now this is how drums should be played.'

    The BBM album is worth a listen too.
     
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    He was grumpy young man. I'd be disappointed if he changed.
     
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