Sun. Nov 7th, 2021
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies at 80

New Delhi: Charlie Watts, the drummer who presented the backbone to American rock band Rolling Stones’ songs for extra than half a century, has died at the age of 80.

In accordance to the Hollywood Reporter, his publicist, Bernard Doherty, in a statement on Tuesday stated that Watts “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier nowadays surrounded by his household.”
He additional, “Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as a member of The Rolling Stones one particular of the best drummers of his generation. We kindly request that the privacy of his household, band members and near mates is respected at this challenging time”


The identical statement was also shared on the official Twitter deal with of The Rolling Stones.

Worries about Watts’ wellbeing came up earlier this 12 months when he announced that, regardless of getting the band’s resident drummer because 1963, he would be sitting out the band’s 2021 U.S. ‘No Filter’ tour in buy to recover from an undisclosed health-related method.

“Charlie has had a method which was entirely effective, but his physicians this week concluded that he now desires suitable rest and recuperation. With rehearsals beginning in a couple of weeks it is extremely disappointing, to say the least, but it is also honest to say no one particular noticed this coming,” a spokesperson informed Wide variety, at the time.

The quiet, elegantly dressed Watts was frequently ranked with Keith Moon, Ginger Baker, and a handful of other individuals as a premier rock drummer, respected throughout the world for his muscular, swinging design as the band rose from its scruffy beginnings to worldwide superstardom.

Watts was born on June two, 1941, in London and his father was a truck driver for the English rail method. Raised in Wembley, he gravitated as a youth to the music of early jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton and bop saxophonist Charlie Parker. He was an indifferent music pupil in college but started taking part in at 14 or 15.

He joined the Stones early in 1963 and remained there in excess of the subsequent 60 many years, ranked just behind Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as the group’s longest lasting and most necessary member.

Watts stated that The Rolling Stones started “as white blokes from England taking part in Black American music” but immediately evolved their personal distinctive sound. He was a jazz drummer in his early many years and by no means misplaced his affinity for the music he initial loved, heading his personal jazz band and taking on many other side tasks.

A traditional Stones song like ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Start Me Up’ frequently started with a tricky guitar riff from Richards, with Watts following closely behind.

Watts’ pace, electrical power, and timekeeping had been by no means greater showcased than all through the concert documentary ‘Shine a Light’ when director Martin Scorsese filmed ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ from the place he drummed towards the back of the stage.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Stones in 1989. As per Wide variety, Watts is survived by his wife and daughter Serafina.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *