Ginger BAKER

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Singer & Musician

EnglishBorn Peter Edward BAKER

English drummer and a co-founder of the rock band Cream

Born on August 19, 1939 in Lewisham, London, England , United Kingdom

Died on October 8, 2019 in Canterbury, Kent, England , United Kingdom

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Ginger Baker was born in Lewisham, South London; he was nicknamed "Ginger" for his shock of flaming red hair. His mother worked in a tobacco shop; his father, Frederick Louvain Formidable Baker, was a bricklayer employed by his own father, who owned a building business, and a lance corporal in the Royal Corps of Signals in the Second World War; he died in the 1943 Dodecanese Campaign. While at school he joined Squadron 56 of the Air Training Corps, based at Woolwich and stayed with them for two or three years.



Baker began playing drums at about 15 years old. In the early 1960s he took lessons from Phil Seamen, one of the leading British jazz drummers of the post-war era. He gained early fame as a member of the Graham Bond Organisation with future Cream bandmate Jack Bruce. The Graham Bond Organisation was an R&B/blues group with strong jazz leanings.

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