Drummer Charlie Watts died today at the age of 80. His death took place in a London hospital surrounded by family, according to a publicist. There was no information about the cause of death. During his 80th year, he was in poor health.
Watts tended to stay back when other rock bands took their cues from their drummer.
In the early days of his career, he said Keith Richards’ amplifier always had to be close to him during the live show. Moreover, they were not very powerful amplifiers.
In order to know where the changes were, I needed to hear the audience shouting,” Watts explained.
Charlie Watts died at the age of 80
The birth of Charlie Watts on June 2, 1941, was a significant event in her life. During his growing up years, he loved jazz, especially Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker. Gerry Mulligan’s “Walking Shoes” was his first musical inspiration as a child.
Amidst the burgeoning British blues scene, Charlie Watts began to bounce around jazz clubs and met Mick Jagger and the rest of the Stones. Watts played with them for the first time in 1963.
Charlie Watts’ music was different from that of his bandmates in many ways. The others chose more bohemian-style clothing, while he preferred tailored suits.
His efforts to stay out of the spotlight led him to buy a mansion in Sussex made from wood from a 16th-century mansion.
Charlie Watts provided the band with a steady backdrop to rock on for nearly 60 years, making him no less than a core member.