Ginger Baker, the longtime drummer for bands like Cream and Blind Faith, passed away on Sunday, October 6 following days of being “critically ill in hospital.” In the hours after his death, numerous famous friends and fans took to social media to pay tribute to the late Felá Kuti collaborator.
“Ginger Baker, great drummer, wild and lovely guy,” Paul McCartney wrote on Twitter early Sunday morning. The two collaborated on Band on the Run, McCartney’s third studio album with Wings, which was recorded at Baker’s studio in Lagos, Nigeria. “Sad to hear that he died but the memories never will,” McCartney added.
The family of Baker’s longtime bandmate Jack Bruce also published a few words on Baker’s passing. “Surviving a love hate relationship, Ginger was like an older brother to Jack, their chemistry was truly spectacular,” the family shared on Twitter. Bruce sadly passed away in October 2014 at the age of 71.
Others like Brian Wilson, Questlove, Flea and Steven Van Zandt also paid tribute to Baker with their own statements on Twitter and Instagram. “So much freedom in his playing. What a wildman. Rhythms we’ve hear all our lives he plucked them out of the sky. Rest In Peace Ginger Baker,” Flea captioned on Instagram. Find a collection of their tribute posts below.