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Rolling Stone Readers Pick Best Drummers of All Time

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9. Ginger Baker

Before John Bonham and Neil Peart there was Ginger Baker, Cream's legendary drummer who practically invented the rock drum solo. Since Cream broke up in 1968 he became deeply interested in world music (long before Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon made it fashionable), but in 2005 he reunited with Cream for concerts in London and New York. Many had written him off for dead before those shows, but as he demonstrated with his famous "Toad" solo every night, he still had the goods – even if time had slowed him down a bit.

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10. Michael Shrieve

The musical highlight of the original Woodstock concert in 1969 may well be Santana's 10-minute performance of "Soul Sacrifice." Drummer Michael Shrieve holds the whole thing together, and Santana was never quite the same after he left in 1974. Since then he's worked with Sammy Hagar, Todd Rundgren and many others – but he remains best-known for Santana. Fans long for his return to the group, but earlier this year Carlos Santana married his current drummer Cindy Blackman, making Shrieve's return even more unlikely than before.

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