ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Tribute to the Best Drummer Ginger Baker

Updated on July 5, 2013
bgamall profile image

Gary has a great interest in music, especially in classic rock and roll. He likes making lists and bringing his experience with music to you

Ginger Baker Had a Special Gift of Rhythm

There are a lot of great drummers. But Ginger Baker is an inspiration because of a certain almost relaxing quality that he brings to the drums. While a lot of drummers are putting speed and power first, Baker put rhythm first. I saw him in the '60s at UCSB before they banned rock concerts because of the political riots. He was with Cream at the time. Of course the most famous member of Cream was Eric Clapton, and for good reason. But Ginger Baker has a certain quality that stands out in a rock and roll setting. It is almost like the belligerence comes from the singer and guitars, and the calmness comes from Baker's drums. I think he is, for that reason, the greatest drummer ever.

I have been a fan of the drums since I was a kid and saw Buddy Rich on TV. And wonderful drummers have come along since Ginger Baker, especially Jacob Armen and Thomas Lang. But again, they are flashes of brilliance to be sure.

But I think what inspired me as to what drums can do to your soul is Baker's backup in the Cream song White Room. I am sure this song inspired drummers everywhere. It was almost that the drum backup took over the whole song. You can't say that about most drum accompaniment. The video is preserved below, and I hope you take time to view and listen to this great drummer, with and without his great band Cream.

Cream and Ginger Baker: White Room

Ginger Baker Bio

Ginger Baker was born in 1939 in Lewisham, South London, UK. Many have described him as the most influential drummer of the 1960's, and the first great rock and roll drummer. He prefers to be known as a Jazz Drummer, but his contribution to Rock is immeasurable. His lengthy drum solos and his capacity to restrain his drumming led to a certain flow of rhythm that others find hard to duplicate. Cream and Blind Faith were the two most famous bands which have Baker's sound wide distribution.

While Baker was great at the flam, he also had an amazing power and rhythm through the base drums and through his Jazz influence, that made his drum sound flow. That he came to rock and roll with a foundation of Jazz is like Slash bringing a Jazz guitar to Guns and Roses. This is a powerful background that gives an added legitimacy to the rock sound.

Cream and Baker: Sunshine of Your Love

Cream: I Feel Free


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks Ed, always have been a fan.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Great tribute to him.

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Glad you guys discovered the site!

    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 

      9 years ago from New Brunswick

      Ginger Baker a great talent, thanks for the hub.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Great tribute to a fantastic drummer.

    • dallas93444 profile image

      Dallas W Thompson 

      9 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great hub. Flag up!

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks for the link Joyus.

    • Joyus Crynoid profile image

      Joyus Crynoid 

      9 years ago from Eden

      Nice tribute to one of my favorite rock drummers. He also made some really fine music with his band Air Force. I love this one:

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Spot on. I love that English phrase. Thanks, Micky.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful bgamall! I love the Cream. They were the "cream". Thanks for the tribute! Spot on!

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Ha, Justom, thanks for seeing it my way. :)

    • justom profile image


      9 years ago from 41042

      I can't argue with that!

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I think Justom, that it is difficult to tell who is really the best, but for me Baker was. It was a question of stye, and also of influence in the rock world. Jazz has a small audience and the best musicians generally. Ginger Baker brought a Jazz ability to the rock stage, which is the world's biggest stage.

    • justom profile image


      9 years ago from 41042

      Love Ginger Baker, never got to see him. While I totally agree that he was a great drummer (really one of my favorites too) I really liked Keith Moon and Carl Palmer just as well. Those two just come quickly to mind and I'm sure there are others. Ah, I guess I'm just not good at the who's best thing. Ginger Baker is very special though!! Peace!! Tom *** Nice hub, it's good to see that you too can put aside politics for some good soul music!!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)