Eric Clapton and Peter Frampton have paid tribute to drummer Jamie Oldaker, who performed and recorded with both over the years. The Tulsa World reported Oldaker, who was 68, died of cancer at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Oldaker was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2010, and over the years had also played with such notables as Bob Seger, Ace Frehley, Leon Russell, Stephen Stills, and country star Ronnie Dunn, among others.
Eric Clapton said in a statement that he has “no trouble explaining or defining Oldaker’s music,” explaining, “It’s easy. To begin with, it’s his sound. He has the best snare sound I’ve ever heard, he has the best restrained fills I’ve ever heard, and his bass drum is as solid as rock. He is unique, and the pocket is always perfect. The kind of man he is matches his drums. I listen to Slowhand now and then to try and remember what it is I’m supposed to be doing, and I end up listening to Jamie and saying to my wife ‘Did you hear that?’ What more can I say? Much love and respect to ‘the man. (He was) solid as a rock. Many times I have (listened to him talk all night). His knowledge is a wink and a sparkle in his eye, which says everything.”
Peter Frampton said: “Jamie Oldaker has been my dear friend and brother for over 40 years. 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.”