Ginger Baker was born as Peter Edward Baker on the 19th August 1939 in Lewisham, South London, England. He is best known for being a drummer, considered to be one of the best drummers of all time , andperhaps most recognized as the founder of the rock band called Cream. His career has been active since 1956.
Have you ever wondered how rich is Ginger Baker? According to sources, it is estimated that Baker’s overall net worth is over $1 million, an amount acquired through his career in the music industry, during which he has released several albums with his band. During his career, he has collaborated with many musicians, like Fela Kuti, Bill Laswell, Charlie Haden, among others. Thanks to his skills, Baker has performed with a number of bands, which has also added to his net worth. Another source of income is coming from selling his autobiographical book.
Ginger Baker Net Worth $1 Million
Ginger Baker was born to Frederick Louvain Formidable Baker, who was a bricklayer but died in the Dodecanese Campaign while serving in the Royal Corps of Signals during World War II, and his wife, who worked in a tobacco shop. At the age of 15, Baker started playing the drums, and his first teacher was Phil Seamen, a jazz drummer. Thanks to his talent, he quickly became popular, as a member of The Graham Bond Organisation, which was an R’n’B/blues band.
Before Cream, Ginger became friends with Jack Bruce, and although the two often argued they still managed to play together. In 1966, Ginger and Eric Clapton formed the rock band named Cream, joined by Jack Bruce. The band was short-lived, but it released four studio albums, and received positive critiques. Their first album was released in 1966, entitled “Fresh Cream”, and reached gold certification, debuting in 39th place on the US Billboard 200 chart. The second album came out the next year, entitled “Disraeli Gears”, reaching platinum certification, which increased Ginger’s net worth to a large degree. The album also debuted at the No. 4 on the Billboard top 200 chart.
Before their disbandment in 1969, the band released two more albums, “Wheels OF Fire” (1968), which became their only album to reach No. 1 on the US Billboard top 200 chart, and reached platinum certification by the RIAA, spawning hits such as “Born Under A Bad Sign”, and “White Room”. Their last album was released in 1969, entitled “Goodbye”, reaching No. 2 on the US Billboard 200, but it topped the charts in the UK; both albums reached platinum certification, further increasing Ginger’s net worth.
After Cream, Ginger and Clapton formed another band named Blind Faith, with Steve Winwood as a singer and Ric Grech as a bass player. However, they released only one album before they broke up. Afterwards, Baker formed his own group – Ginger Baker’s Air Force – releasing two albums and increasing further his net worth.
During the 1980s, Baker was a part of a few bands such as Masters of Reality, and Hawkwind, but with no success. In the 1990s he was a part of the trio BBM, consisted of Baker, Jack Bruce and Gary Moore, but it lasted for only a short time. In 2005, he joined Clapton and Bruce for a concert tour at Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden, which was recorded and released as the live album “Royal Albert Hall London May 2–3–5–6 2005” (2005).
Most recently, he has created a jazz quartet, which consists of himself, Pee Wee Ellis on saxophone, Alec Dankworth as bassist and Abass Dodoo as a percussionist. They managed to sign with the Motema Music, and they are currently working on their first album, which will certainly increase Ginger’s net worth.
Speaking about his personal life, Ginger Baker is known in the media as a troublesome person, who like many musicians of his era was drug addicted, which no doubt restricted consistent success. He has married four times, lastly to Kudzai Machokoto, from Zimbabwe in 2010. Additionally in 2012 the documentary movie about his life entitled “Beware Of Mr. Baker” was released, directed by Jay Bulger; the movie won the award for best documentary feature.
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