Charlie Watts, drummer
The Rolling Stones
birth name: Charles Roberts Watts

Charlie Watts

June 2, 1941, Middlesex, England

An English drummer, best known as a member of the Rolling Stones. He is also the leader of a jazz band, a record producer, […] and horse breeder. ~ Wikipedia: Charlie Watts ~ retrieved June 18, 2013 © Wikipedia

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He was inspired to begin playing drums after listening to Chico Hamilton play on a Gerry Mulligan recording. His first drum was actually a banjo head - he had originally wanted to play banjo - that Watts played with brushes. His father relented and bought his son a kit a couple of years later. It was through listening to recordings that Watts learned and honed his skills, and he never took a lesson. His treasured jazz records by Johnny Dodds, Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington were among the first in what would become an extensive collection. Watts eventually began playing in skiffle and Dixieland jazz groups. As a youth he would frequently venture to London clubs to see Georgie Fame and other jazz artists. He studied graphic design at Harrow Art College and worked for a West End advertising agency. At the age of 21, Watts established himself in the advertising profession, while playing drums part time. He was reluctant to overdo his playing for fear of injuring the steady hand he needed for lettering and drawing on his day job. ~ Musicianguide: Charlie Watts ~ retrieved June 5, 2013 © Musicianguide

Charlie Watts ~ Ranked #27 Gigwise Greatest Drummers Of All Time in 2008 ~ Though a constant member of one of the world's biggest bands, Watts' work outside the Stones focuses on jazz, playing with British jazz supergroup Rocket 88 in the 70s and organising a Charlie Parker tribute quintet. He has said he plays “march-drum style,” and his fantastically tight work translates into his love of smart suits and sketching hotel rooms. Not quite the TV-out-the-window-man, is Charlie. ~ 2008 © Gigwise

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When asked if he had seen either of the two bands at the festival, [John Lydon] replied: “I didn't know Mumford were on. Urgh. To me, that's fake dodgy paddy outfits, you know? It's a little bit on the cornballs side. And the Stones, I saw about five minutes the night before in a hotel in Bristol, and I didn't like what I was seeing. It looked just silly.” However, Lydon said that he was reluctant to mock The Rolling Stones “too much” due to the help that singer Mick Jagger had previously given Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious. “Good luck to them, let them do what they want," he said. “They're not my enemy. Over the years, Mick Jagger's actually done some nice things in our direction, particularly with the early Pistols. When Sid was in a lot of trouble, Mick was there secretly behind the scenes offering us lawyers and things, which we were incapable of getting together. So I won't have him knocked too much.” ~ NME: John Lydon says the Rolling Stones looked silly at Glastonbury ~ July 19, 2013 © NME

The Rolling Stones ~ Awarded a 1986 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2012, eight Rolling Stones albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #409 Aftermath (1966) ~ #337 Tattoo You (1981) ~ #272 Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967) ~ #245 Sticky Fingers (1971) ~ #221 Beggar's Banquet (1968) ~ #192 12x5 (1964) ~ #61 Let It Bleed (1969) ~ #3 Exile On Main St (1971)

The Rolling Stones ~ Aftermath (1966) ~ #109 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ The first Stones album completely written by Jagger-Richards was full of bad-boy songs about Swinging London's overnight stars, groupies, hustlers and parasites. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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