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Peter Baker, 19 August 1939, Lewisham, London, England. This brilliantly erratic drummer was already a vastly experienced musician when he formed the legendary Cream with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce in 1967. He had drummed with trad-jazz bands, working with Terry Lightfoot and Acker Bilk before sitting in with Alexis Korners Blues Incorporated and enlisting in the seminal Graham Bond Organisation. Following the unprecedented success and speedy demise of Cream, Baker joined with Steve Winwood, Ric Grech and Clapton in the supergroup Blind Faith, followed by the ambitious Airforce. Baker then left Britain to live in Nigeria, where he cultivated an interest in African music and built his own recording studio (Paul McCartneys classic Band On The Run was recorded there). He briefly had a Nigerian band, Salt, and recorded with Fela Kuti. Baker reputedly lost all his money on his Nigerian adventure, and returned to Britain and formed the Baker...