Paul McCartney, Flea, Slipknot's Jay Weinberg & More Pay Tribute to Ginger Baker

Anwar Hussein/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Ginger Baker

Musical artists from around the world are mourning the loss of legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker, who died Sunday (Oct. 6. He was 80.

Musicians like Paul McCartney, Brian May, Mick Jagger, Questlove and others expressed their condolences on social media after learning the sad news about Baker's death.

"Ginger Baker, great drummer, wild and lovely guy," McCartney tweeted, adding an anecdote about working in Baker's recording studio while recording Wings' Band on the Run. "Sad to hear that he died but the memories never will."

The jazz-rock drummer's death follows a 2016 fall in his home and subsequent open heart surgery after being diagnosed with a heart condition.

Baker leaves behind a legacy as the drummer for Cream, his 1960s power trio with guitarist Eric Clapton and bassist Jack Bruce that tossed up the blues with sunshine-pop, hitting the Billboard Hot 100 hard with “Sunshine of Your Love” (No. 5) and “White Room” (No. 6) in 1968.

Read more tributes to Baker below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rest Well To The Monster Rhythmatist #GingerBaker

A post shared by Questlove Froman, (@questlove) on

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RIP #GingerBaker

A post shared by Slash (@slash) on


THE BILLBOARD BIZ
SUBSCRIBER EXPERIENCE

The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.


To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.