Acclaimed drummer Jamie Oldaker
has died at the age of 68. The musician, who had battled cancer in recent years, was surrounded by family members when he passed away Thursday at his Tulsa home.A rock music, blues rock and country music drummer and percussionist, Oldaker
was born September 5, 1951 in Tulsa. He was an exponent of the shuffle style.After a stint in Bob Seger
's band, Oldaker
joined Eric Clapton
in 1974 during the recording of "461 Ocean Boulevard"
would remain a member of Clapton
's studio and touring bands through 1979, when the entire band was dismissed. Oldaker
would return to the Clapton
band in 1983, leaving in 1986. Oldaker
appears on the blues side of the live recording "24 Nights"
from 1990 and 1991. Not long after leaving Clapton
's band, Oldaker
briefly became a member of KISS
guitarist Ace Frehley
's project FREHLEY'S COMET
, appearing on the 1988 album "Second Sighting"
. He was a founding member of the alt-country band THE TRACTORS
in 1994. Oldaker
has also played on recordings of musicians such as THE BELLAMY BROTHERS
, ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
, Peter Frampton
, Stephen Stills
, Leon Russell, Freddie King
and THE BEE GEES
has been my dear friend and brother for over 40 years," Frampton
said in a statement provided to the Tulsa World
's family. "He was a very warm, caring, true friend with a gentle heart. He cared about us all almost more than he did himself. Most will know him as the drummer on Eric Clapton
's albums. His playing was unique; a laid-back style of drumming with an incredible feel. We traveled the world, played many wonderful shows and great recordings together. He was a much-loved person and I will miss him for the rest of my time here. Love you, Jamie
was involved in working with the organizers and the building of the OKPOP museum in Tulsa. He and his wife, Mary
, were also hosts of an annual fundraiser, MOJO Fest
, to raise money for the Tulsa Day Center For The Homeless.
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