Ginger Baker Is ‘Okay’ After Open-Heart Surgery
Ginger Baker has emerged from surgery following diagnosis of an as-yet-undisclosed "major" heart condition. The former Cream legend has vowed to play again, despite this latest health setback.
“Dad called the day after his surgery to say he’s okay," daughter Leda Baker tells The Daily Mirror. "Albeit a rather disorientated and unintelligible conversation, he was at least awake and aware.”
Baker confirmed plans for this open-heart procedure in February, not long after he suffered a fall in his home. A number of shows with his band Air Force 3 were subsequently canceled.
"There are two options for surgery," Baker, who is 76, said at the time. "Depending on how strong my old lungs are, they may do both. The doctor says he’s going to get me playing again."
Baker co-founded Cream in 1966 with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, releasing four influential albums before splitting in 1968. Baker later worked with Clapton in Blind Faith, alongside Traffic's Steve Winwood and Ric Grech, before leading the original Air Force into the '70s. Cream reunited for a series of shows in 2005, prior to Bruce's passing in 2014.
Baker's most recent studio project was 2014's Why, one of nearly 20 solo albums. Along the way, he overcame a long battle with heroin but still suffers from degenerative osteoarthritis. The ever-resilient Baker was also hospitalized a few years ago with a serious respiratory infection while on tour with Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion.
“Ginger is on the road to recovery," daughter Leda added. "After open-heart surgery and a bad fall, he is miraculously recovering well."
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