R.I.P. Cream's Ginger Baker

The singer-drummer was 80
R.I.P. Cream's Ginger Baker
Ginger Baker, the drummer and singer best known for his work with '60s rock band Cream, has passed away. He was 80.

His family announced the news with the following message on Twitter:
Last month, it was reported that Baker was "critically ill" in hospital. Soon after, his family said that he was "holding his own" while receiving visits from close family members and friends.

Baker has had medical issues stretching back several years. In 2013, the musician revealed that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and he also experienced chronic back pain due to degenerative osteoarthritis. In 2016, Baker cancelled a run of shows to undergo open heart surgery. During his recovery, a fall resulted in swollen legs and feet.

Cream were active for just a couple of years, from 1966 to 1968, but their songs "White Room," "Sunshine of Your Life" and "Crossroads" became staples of classic rock. The trio of Baker, Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce reunited for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1993, and then got together again for a few shows in 2005.

Post-Cream, Baker and Clapton briefly formed the band Blind Faith. The drummer led his own group called Ginger Baker's Air Force, was a contributor to Hawkwind, and collaborated with Fela Kuti.

Cream bassist Jack Bruce died in 2014. His family posted a tribute to Baker on Twitter: