Charlie watts, known for being one of the most prominent figures of the famous Rolling Stones band, led by Mick Jagger, passed away this Tuesday, August 24. This was announced by the AFP agency.
The founder of one of the most important rock groups in the world leaves a deep void in all his followers. The experienced artist left at the age of 80 in a London hospital, weeks after announcing his retirement from the No Filter tour due to health problems that were not, until now, disclosed.
After the first reports of the death of Charlie wattsBernard Doherty, publicist for the late drummer, sent a statement confirming the death and asked everyone to respect this painful moment for the artist’s family and friends.
“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital today (Tuesday, August 24) surrounded by his family.. Watts was a loving husband, father and grandfather and also, as a member of The Rolling Stones, one of the best drummers of his generation. We ask that the privacy of his family, the members of the band and his closest friends be respected at this difficult time, ”the letter posted on Twitter from the group’s official account read.
The Rolling Stones were waiting for the speedy recovery of Charlie watts, who underwent a delicate emergency operation, to reinstate him on the tour. The Sun also noted that the band wanted the drummer back for their 60th anniversary celebrations in 2022, the year they will release their first album of original songs in 17 years.
Who was the drummer for the Rolling Stones?
Charlie Watts was born in 1941 in London, in the suburb of Wembley. Since he was little, he showed a great passion for drums, which is why he was bought his for the first time at age 14, as his mother once told him.
He initially worked in advertising and in his spare time wrote a children’s book about Charlie Parker, the jazz legend, titled Ode to a Flying Bird. At the same time, he had his first musical experiences with the band Blues Incorporated of Alexis Korner, founder of the British blues scene.
In one of the clubs where Watts played he met Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, with whom he began to play for the Rolling Stones in 1963. In addition to being the group’s drummer, the musician also designed some album covers and the tour scenes.
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