The original drummer of The Rolling Stones was 80 years old when he died.
The Rolling Stones drummer and original member of the band Charlie Watts is dead.
Watts has been playing in the band since 1963 and is considered one of the most significant rock drummers. Watts turned 80 just before his death.
The original line-up of the Rolling Stones consisted of Watts, Mick Jaggerista, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman. Watts was a balancing factor and a traditional labor mole in The Rolling Stones. He didn’t make himself a number but performed with the jazz drummer’s serenity and elegance restrainedly in the background as the band’s most crackling members caught the attention in the foreground.
The Finnish audience last got to prove this in 2007, when the Rolling Stones last performed in Finland. If grades had been awarded for the gig, Watts, who had been drumming expressionlessly and surely, would have survived the best reading. On stage, he seemed to be both outsiders and irreplaceable at the same time with his habit different from the rest of the band.
Watts was born on June 2, 1941 in London. Prior to Rolling Stones, Watts studied graphic design and worked in an advertising agency. He also designed record covers for the Rolling Stones.
As early as 1964, Watts also published a comic book, Ode to a Highflying Bird, which was a tribute to the legendary jazz musician Charlie Parker. It combined Watts ’two passions: illustration and jazz.
Although Watts is known as a rock drummer, his musical interests were primarily on the jazz side. In addition to the Rolling Stones, he has had his own Jazz Bands as well as other jazz-related side projects. His first band was the late 1950s jazz band Jo Jones All Stars.
Illustratively, that rhythm and blues was a bit of a strange concept for Watts at first. He considered it the slowly played Charlie Parker.
Watts always known as a silent member of the Rolling Stones, and became an icon of a different kind of “coolness” in the field of rock.
His habit became an exception at a time when rock stereotypes were being created. Watts was a kind of opposite of a rocker who hardly appeared in public or gave interviews, although there certainly was a lot to tell.
In a 1996 Rolling Stone interview, Watts spoke of his conflicting approach to touring. He said he has been drawing a sketch since 1967 of each bed he has slept on while on tour.
Watts ’restrained nature and silence is also told a lot by the fact that he hasn’t released a book about his life, even though he’s played with one of the most famous rock bands of all time. Maybe that’s why in 2019 Mike Edison published a book Sympathy for the Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters, which added more praise to Watts’ abilities.
Watts of course, he also had a lot of recognition and appreciation in his career. Like hundreds of millions of records sold and 12th place on Rolling Stone magazine’s all-time drummer list.
Vanity Fair and the Daily Telegraph also praised Watts for her stylish attire and listed her as one of the best dressed people ever.
If Watts himself has been very frivolous, the bandmate Keith Richards has also told anecdotes about Watts in his own memoirs. On a tour in the mid-1980s, Jagger had called the Watts Hotel Room in the middle of the night and asked where his drummer was.
Watts didn’t like this nightly call terribly. After the call, he had, faithful to his style, put on a suit, shaved a beard, put on aftershave, went to Jagger’s room, and hit him in the palate with the accompaniment, “Never say me your drummer. You are my singer! ”
Generally Watts is considered one of the best Stones drum tracks Gimme Shelter, Street Fighting Manin, Sympathy for the Devilin and Honky Tonk Women such classics. The tonality, the use of percussions and the groove created an inconspicuous body that allowed the bandmates to shine.
On August 5, it was announced that Charlie Watts would not appear on the upcoming Rolling Stones tour for health reasons. Just over two weeks later, on August 21, he died peacefully surrounded by his family.