That is sad news. I saw him in 73 playing drums at the Bay Front Center in St Petersburg, Fl, with a group called Ramatam. He was one of the best rock drummers I've ever seen... very smooth and kind of jazzy.
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Yeah Deano, that's a great exponent of the old Socratic debate. One man's fantastic percussive accompaniment is another man's wasted potential. I guess we have different opinions and tastes. Yes, I think he blew it and could have been great. Instead, just mediocre. Sorry. Maybe there are other opinions outside of the trailer park.
OK, I was being 'ironic', and it fell flat as a joke. Obviously Ginger Baker is one of the only drummers of his type (of a 60's psychedelic power trio) to go forth and become an interesting musician. Mitch Mitchell was a case of wasted potential, IMO. Obviously Ginger Baker was not.
However I could not resist acting 'as if' in relation to the Neanderthal response of Deano. My bad.