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The "Rock" of The Rolling Stones: Charlie Watts


Last updated 9/13/2021 at 10:28pm

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Charles Robert Watts, we born on June 2nd 1941 to Lorry Driver, Charles Richard Watts and factory worker, Lillian Charlotte.

Growing up in London England, Charlie Watts Fell in love with Jazz, Swing and Bebop music and studied Drums in those disciplines. Charlie joined the band "Blues Incorporated" 1962, it was during some of his nights of playing he met another Blues enthusiast: Brian Jones. The pair became good friends with Blues lovers: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Charlie Joined the band The Rolling Stones in February 1963. Charlie studied graphic design and made major contributions to the Stones Album covers and sleeves.

Charlie never played "drum Solo's" or anything "over the top", and played with a small kit drum set and kept a steady tight rhythm where his Jazz/Swing playing paid off. Charlie once told "The Guardian" "I don't like drum solos, I admire some people who do them, but generally I prefer drummers who play "with" the band. The challenge with rock and roll is the regularity of it. My thing is to make it a dance sound – It should swing and bounce".

When Charlie traveled, he would keep in practice use a "London Jazz Kit" consisting of miniature drums and cymbals.

Throughout his career as the drummer of "The Greatest Rock and Roll band in the world, The Rolling Stones" he also maintained his band "The Charlie Watts Orchestra", During the Stones 2 year Hiatus, When I was living in Boston, Charlie played with Bill Wyman for a one night show, Unfortunately I could not secure tickets for that show.

Charlie was not the party type like his band members, but had a bout with substance abuse during the 80's, he was the "Headstrong" band member who made a lot of dissections for the band, as he would say " We made a lot of yes's and No's".

In 1989, Charlie was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame, and in 2004 into the UK Music Hall of Fame with The Rolling Stones.

The Charlie Watts Orchestra/Quintet recorded several albums including:

Live at Fulham Town Hall, Columbia Records, 1986.

Watt's at Scott's, Sanctuary Records, 2004 And many more.

Sadley we Lost Charlie on August 24th 2021. Jazz, Swing, Bebop, Blues and Rock and Roll, Charlie played them with class and sophistication. R.I.P. Charlie, and "Thank You"!

Michael "The Rolling Stone" Wynde


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