Ginger Baker: 19 August 1939 – 6 October 2019

I’m pretty sure that Cream is a band the younger generations haven’t heard of. Ginger Baker, Drummer of British Band Cream, Dies at 80.

Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker was one of the founding members of Cream.

The Rolling Stone magazine once ranked him the 3rd greatest rock drummer of all time

Cream certainly was an influence on Rock and Roll, and his drumming was a part of that. While they had several styles, I always think of them as Psychedelic Rock. I’m sure most tributes will direct you to listen to “White Room” followed by a minority referencing “Sunshine of Your Love,” (which I was sure was part of the Apocalypse Now soundtrack) but I’m not sure I like either of those songs.

For Rolling Stone Magazine’s tribute see Ginger Baker: 10 Tracks That Show His Drumming Genius. The opening video that shows his complete and utter insanity thru the years is worth your time. (Though it won’t play in Firefox with all my privacy settings turned up to 11.) That list of 10 songs highlights Baker’s drumming for Cream, and some things that followed for Baker. Blind Faith, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Baker Gurvitz Army, Ginger Baker Trio and more.

This is “Strange Brew” by Cream from the 1967 album Disraeli Gears. It was released as a single ahead of the album, the 1960s being mostly about singles. It doesn’t exactly highlight Baker’s drumming, but it is a song I like. If YT trips over the privacy settings in your browser, use the link. (Hat tip to Wirecutter.)

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