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Ginger Baker



“I’m just a working musician who’s struggling to play polo.”











If you’ve seen the documentary “Beware of Mr. Baker,” you know interviewing Ginger Baker can be a dicey proposition, maybe even injurious to your health.

 When I met with Baker in Boston in 1994, he lived up to his cantankerous reputation, but he did not assault my person – not even verbally, aside from a few growls (Mick Jagger did not get off so easily).

Jack Bruce (1993)

“I couldn’t be happier.”








I blew my chance. It only occurred to me today, two weeks after Jack Bruce’s death at age 71 from liver disease, that I should have thought to thank him for his part in my becoming a bass player. The first song I learned, copying him note for note, was “Sunshine of Your Love.” Playing it was such a thrill that I didn’t want to stop. For the next 12 years the only thing I did more than play music was sleep – and some of those years there was more music than sleep.




Adams, Terry (NRBQ)

Aerosmith  see: Perry, Joe (2004); Tyler , Steven

Allman Brothers Band   see: Betts, Dickey

Alvin, Dave

Animals (The)   see: Burdon, Eric

Armatrading, Joan

Asher, Tony (Beach Boys lyricist)

Arthur, Joseph

Auerbach, Dan (Black Keys)


Baker, Ginger (Cream; Blind Faith)

Band (The)  see: Danko, Rick; Helm, Levon; Robertson, Robbie

Beatles (The)  see:  McCartney, Paul; Ono, Yoko; Shotton, Peter; Starr, Ringo

Beach Boys (The)   see: Wilson, Brian; Asher, Tony

Beck, Jeff

Becker, Walter (Steely Dan)

Berlin  see: Nunn, Terri

Berlin, Steve (Los Lobos)

Berry, Bill (R.E.M.)

Betts, Dickey

Black Keys  see: Auerbach, Dan

Blondie  see: Harry, Debbie

Bowie, David (1995)

Box Tops (The)  see: Talley, Gary

Brickell, Edie

Bruce, Jack (1993)

Buck, Peter (R.E.M.)

Buckingham, Lindsey (Fleetwood Mac)

Buffett, Jimmy

Burdon, Eric (The Animals)

Byrne, David (Talking Heads)


Cale, John (Velvet Underground)

Cars (The)   see: Hawkes, Greg; Ocasek, Ric

Checker, Chubby

Clayton, Adam (U2)

Clemons, Clarence (E Street Band)

Colley, Dana (Morphine; Twinemen)

Conley, Billy (Morphine; Twinemen)

Costello, Elvis (1998)  also see: Bacharach, Burt

Coyne, Wayne (Flaming Lips)

Cream  see: Baker, Ginger; and Bruce, Jack (1993)

Creedence Clearwater Revival  see; Fogerty, John

Crosby, David (Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash)

Crow, Sheryl

Cure (The)  see: Smith, Robert


Dale, Dick

Daltrey, Roger (The Who)

Danko, Rick (The Band)

Dave Clark Five  see: Smith, Mike

Densmore, John (The Doors)

Diamond, Neil

Diddley, Bo


Doors (The)  see: Densmore, John; Krieger, Robbie

Drive-By Truckers  see: Hood, Patterson

Dropkick Murphys


Eagles (The)  see:  Henley, Don

Entwistle, John (The Who)

Etheridge, Mellissa

Escovedo, Alejandro


Fagen, Donald (Steely Dan)

Faithfull, Marianne

Ferry, Bryan (Roxy Music)

Flaming Lips  see: Coyne, Wayne

Fleetwood Mac  see: Buckingham, Lindsey; Fleetwood, Mick; McVie, John; Nicks, Stevie;

Fleetwood, Mick (Fleetwood Mac)

Fogerty, John (1997) (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Followill, Nathan (Kings of Leon)

Fontana, D.J. (Elvis Presley)


Gabriel, Peter

Geils, Jay (J. Geils Band)

Gossard, Stone (Pearl Jam)


Hall, Daryl (Hall & Oates)

Hawkes, Greg (The Cars)

Helm, Levon (The Band)

Henley, Don (The Eagles)

Hood, Patterson (Drive-By Truckers)

Hunter, Ian (Mott the Hoople)

Hynde, Chrissie (The Pretenders)


Jackson, Joe

Jagger, Mick (Rollings Stones)

James, Jim (My Morning Jacket)

J. Geils Band  see; Geils, Jay; Justman, Seth; Klein, Danny; Magic Dick; Wolf, Peter

Joel, Billy (1998)

Jones, John Paul (Led Zeppelin)

Jones, Rickie Lee

Jones, Tom



Kings of Leon  see: Followill, Nathan

Knopfler, Mark (Dire Straits)

Kooper, Al (1995)

Kravitz, Lenny

Krieger, Robbie (The Doors)


Led Zeppelin  see: Jones, John Paul; Plant, Robert

Leiber and Stoller  see: Stoller, Mike

Linkous, Mark (Sparklehorse)

Little Richard

Lofgren, Nils (E Street Band)

Los Lobos  see: Berlin, Steve

Lydon, John (Sex Pistols; Public Image Ltd.)

Lynne, Jeff (Electric Light Orchestra; Traveling Wilburys)


Mamas and the Papas    see: Phillips, John

Mann, Aimee   (Til Tuesday)

Matthews, Dave

McCartney, Paul (Beatles)

McGuinn, Roger (The Byrds)

McVie, John (Fleetwood Mac)

Mellencamp, John


Monkees (The)  see: Tork, Peter

Moore, Scotty (Elvis Presley)

Moraz, Patrick (Yes)

Morissette, Alanis

Moretti, Fabrizio

Morphine  see: Colley, Dana; Conway, Billy; Sandman, Mark; Sargent, Laurie; Twinemen

Morrison, Sterling (Velvet Underground)

My Morning Jacket  see: James, Jim


Nicks, Stevie (Fleetwood Mac)

Nirvana  see: Novoselic, Krist

Novoselic, Krist (Nirvana)

NRBQ   see: Adams, Terry

Nunn, Terri (Berlin)


Ocasek, Ric (The Cars)

O’Connor, Sinead

Ono, Yoko

Osborne, Joan


Parker, Graham

Pearl Jam  see: Gossard, Stone

Perry, Joe 2004 (Aerosmith)

Perkins, Carl

Petty, Tom

Phillips, John (The Mamas and the Papas)

Phillips, Sam

Pitney, Gene

Plant, Robert (Led Zeppelin)

Police (The)  see: Copeland, Stewart; Sting; Summers, Andy

Pop, Iggy

Presley, Elvis  see: Fontana, D.J.; Guralnick, Peter; Moore, Scotty

Presley, Lisa Marie

Pretenders (The)  see: Hynde, Chrissie

Price, Lloyd (1998)


Raitt, Bonnie

Reed, Lou (Velvet Underground)

R.E.M.  see: Berry, Bill; Buck, Peter

Richards, Keith (Rolling Stones)

Robertson, Robbie (The Band)

Rolling Stones   see: Jagger, Mick; Richards, Keith; Watts, Charlie; Wood, Ron; Wyman, Bill

Ronstadt, Linda

Rotten, Johnny  see: Lydon, John

Roxy Music  see: Ferry, Bryan


Sandman, Mark (Morphine)

Sargent, Laurie (Twinemen)

Scialfa, Patti

Seger, Bob

Sex Pistols  see: Lydon, John

Shotton, Peter

Simon, Carly

Simon, Paul

Smith, Mike (Dave Clark Five)

Smith, Robert (The Cure)

Sparklehorse  see: Linkous, Mark

Spektor, Regina

Strokes (The)  see: Moretti, Fabrizio

Springsteen, Bruce  see: Clemons, Clarence; Lofgren, Nils; Scialfa, Patti; Van Zandt, Little Steven

Starr, Ringo (The Beatles)

Steely Dan  see: Becker, Walter; Fagen, Donald

Sting (The Police)

Stoller, Mike

Summers, Andy (The Police)


Talking Heads   see: Byrne, David

Talley, Gary (The Box Tops)

Taylor, James

Thompson, Richard

Tork, Peter (The Monkees)

Trudell, John (1992)

Tucker, Maureen (Mo) (Velvet Underground)

Tyler, Steven (Aerosmith)


U2  see: Clayton, Adam


Van Zandt, Little Steven (E Street Band)

Vaughan, Jimmie

Vaughan, Stevie Ray

Vega, Suzanne

Velvet Underground  see: Cale, John; Morrison, Sterling; Reed, Lou; Tucker, Maureen


Waits, Tom

Was, Don

Watts, Charlie (Rolling Stones)

Who (The)  see: Daltrey, Roger; Entwistle, John

Williams, Lucinda

Wilson, Brian (The Beach Boys)

Winter, Johnny (remembered on his death)

Wolf, Peter (J. Geils Band)

Woods, Ron (Rolling Stones)

Wyman, Bill (Rolling Stones)


Yankovic, Weird Al

Yes  see: Moraz, Patrick


Zappa, Frank

Zevon, Warren