Charlie Watts, greatest often known as the prolific drummer for the rock band the Rolling Stones for greater than half a century, has died. He was 80.
A consultant for Watts instructed Fox Information Tuesday that the musician “handed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier at present surrounded by his household.”
No explanation for demise was given but.
The publicist mentioned: “Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and likewise as a member of The Rolling Stones one of many biggest drummers of his era.”
Issues about Watts’ well being got here up earlier this yr when he introduced that, regardless of being the band’s resident drummer since 1963, he can be sitting out the band’s 2021 U.S. “No Filter” tour so as to get better from an undisclosed medical process.
“Charlie has had a process which was fully profitable, however his docs this week concluded that he now wants correct relaxation and recuperation,” Variety reported the spokesperson mentioned on the time. “With rehearsals beginning in a few weeks it’s very disappointing to say the least, but it surely’s additionally truthful to say nobody noticed this coming.”
The quiet, elegantly dressed Watts was usually ranked with Keith Moon, Ginger Baker and a handful of others as a premier rock drummer, revered worldwide for his muscular, swinging fashion because the band rose from its scruffy beginnings to worldwide superstardom. He joined the Stones early in 1963 and remained over the subsequent 60 years, ranked simply behind Mick Jagger and Keith Richards because the group’s most lasting and most important member.
The Stones started, Watts mentioned, “as white blokes from England taking part in Black American music” however rapidly advanced their very own distinctive sound. Watts was a jazz drummer in his early years and by no means misplaced his affinity for the music he first liked, heading his personal jazz band and taking up quite a few different facet tasks.
A traditional Stones tune like “Brown Sugar” and “Begin Me Up” usually started with a tough guitar riff from Richards, with Watts following intently behind, and Wyman, because the bassist preferred to say, “fattening the sound.” Watts’ velocity, energy and time preserving had been by no means higher showcased than through the live performance documentary, “Shine a Mild,” when director Martin Scorsese filmed “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” from the place he drummed towards the again of the stage.
The Related Press contributed to this report.