Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Pay Tribute to Ginger Baker

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Though they recorded just one album, Blind Faith made quite an impact. The British supergroup, whose members prominently arrived from Cream and Traffic, only released a self-titled album in 1969, though its repertoire – including such classic rock staples as “Can’t Find My Way Home,” “Sea of Joy” and “Had to Cry Today,” reads like a greatest hits album.

The short-lived quartet featured Traffic’s Steve Winwood, Ric Grech, and Cream alums Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. They made their live debut like no other band: performing in London’s Hyde Park on June 7, 1969, before an audience estimated at 100,000.

How young they were! At that performance, Winwood was just 21 years-old, Clapton was 24, Grech was 22 and Baker, was the “old man” at 29.

On Oct. 9, 2019, Eric Clapton posted this photo on his Facebook page, in tribute to Ginger Baker

Upon hearing the news of the passing of his former bandmate, Baker, at 80 on October 6, 2019, Winwood mourned “a very sensitive human being with a heart of gold.” See his full tribute below.

Three days after Baker’s death, Clapton chose a simple way to offer his tribute. On Oct. 9, Slowhand posted an image of his bandmate, with just one word: “Ginger…..”

Here’s Winwood’s entire tribute:

“A very sad loss, and my condolences to his family and friends.

A loss also for his contribution to music. He was well-grounded in jazz from very early on, and later managed to combine this with African and rock music to create his own inimitable style of playing.

I was lucky to play with him in Ginger Baker’s Air Force, and to meet and work with such luminaries as Phil Seamen, Harold McNair and Graham Bond. And also in Blind Faith with Eric Clapton and Rick Grech. Although his appointment was very unorthodox (he showed up on the doorstep and said, ‘Here I am’) – he made a great contribution to the Blind Faith album which has withstood the test of time.

Beneath his somewhat abrasive exterior, there was a very sensitive human being with a heart of gold.

He’ll be missed.”

Following a tour of Europe and the U.S., Blind Faith split up. In its aftermath, Baker formed Ginger Baker’s Air Force. Among its members: Winwood and Grech.

Watch Blind Faith perform a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb” at the Hyde Park concert

Related: Baker was also mourned by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, and others

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  1. Mickey7648
    #1 Mickey7648 10 October, 2019, 02:24

    This is a great tribute for a superb musician.
    Thank you for the awesome music!

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