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    Ginger Baker, Superstar Rock Drummer With Cream, Is Dead at 80

    Didn't see this myself but RevKev posted it on Instagram a day or two ago. Long article.
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    Ginger Baker, who helped redefine the role of the drums in rock and became a superstar in the process, died on Sunday in a hospital in southeastern England. He was 80.

    His family confirmed his death in a post on his official Twitter account.

    Mr. Baker drew worldwide attention for his approach to the drums, as sophisticated as it was forceful, when he teamed with the guitarist Eric Clapton and the bassist Jack Bruce in the hugely successful British band Cream in 1966.

    [Listen to 15 of Ginger Baker's essential songs.]

    Keith Moon of the Who was more uninhibited; John Bonham of Led Zeppelin — a band formed in 1968, the year Cream broke up — was slicker. But Mr. Baker brought a new level of artistry to his instrument, and he was the first rock drummer to be prominently featured as a soloist and to become a star in his own right. Mr. Clapton praised him as "a fully formed musician" whose "musical capabilities are the full spectrum."

    Both as a member of the ensemble and as a soloist, Mr. Baker captivated audiences and earned the respect of his fellow percussionists with playing that was, as Neil Peart, the drummer with the band Rush, once said, "extrovert, primal and inventive." Mr. Baker, Mr. Peart added, "set the bar for what rock drumming could be..."

    Ginger Baker, Superstar Rock Drummer With Cream, Is Dead at 80 - The New York Times

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    Down at the...STAYshunnnn
    Yep. That and Sunshine of Your Love are my two favorites.

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    I used to listen to them a lot.

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