November 30, 2021

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dead at age 80

LONDON — Charlie Watts, the self-effacing and unshakeable Rolling Stones drummer who helped anchor one in all rock’s best rhythms sections and used his “day job” to assist his enduring love of jazz, has died, based on his publicist. He was 80.

Bernard Doherty stated Tuesday that Watts “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”

“Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as a member of The Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation,” Doherty stated.

Watts had introduced he wouldn’t tour with the Stones in 2021 due to an undefined well being problem.

The quiet, elegantly dressed Watts was typically ranked with Keith Moon, Ginger Baker and a handful of others as a premier rock drummer, revered worldwide for his muscular, swinging type because the band rose from its scruffy beginnings to worldwide superstardom. He joined the Stones early in 1963 and remained over the subsequent 60 years, ranked simply behind Mick Jagger and Keith Richards because the group’s most lasting and most important member.

The Stones started, Watts stated, “as white blokes from England playing Black American music” however rapidly developed their very own distinctive sound. Watts was a jazz drummer in his early years and by no means misplaced his affinity for the music he first cherished, heading his personal jazz band and taking up quite a few different aspect initiatives.

A traditional Stones tune like “Brown Sugar” and “Start Me Up” typically started with a tough guitar riff from Richards, with Watts following intently behind, and Wyman, because the bassist appreciated to say, “fattening the sound.” Watts’ velocity, energy and time maintaining have been by no means higher showcased than in the course of the live performance documentary, “Shine a Light,” when director Martin Scorsese filmed “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” from the place he drummed towards the again of the stage.