Ginger Baker, one of the most innovative and influential drummers in rock and roll, has died at the age of 80.
A co-founder of Cream, he too played with Blind Faith, Hawkwind and Fela Kuti in a long and alternated career.
His style mixed the lyricism of jazz with the crude capability of rock. One critic said watching him was like evidencing “a human combine harvester“.
But he was also a temperamental and argumentative figure, whose behaviour often led to on-stage punch-ups.
Nicknamed Ginger for his flaming red hair, the musician was born Peter Edward Baker in Lewisham, south London, shortly before World War Two.