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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June 2, 1984 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (2) Lionel Richie, Hello ~ #2 (3) Cyndi Lauper, Time After Time ~ #1 (1) Deniece Williams, Let's Hear It For The Boy


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

The Rolling Stones

Whereas the Beatles were viewed as relatively clean cut, wholesome pop artists, the Rolling Stones were considered sex crazed, wild and dangerous men who would do unmentionable things to wives and daughters, all the while espousing their love of, what was then considered wickedly sinister African-American blues music. ~ Musicianguide: Rolling Stones ~ retrieved July 24, 2013 © Musicianguide

The Rolling Stones ~ Ranked #21 Q Magazine 50 Bands You Must See Before You Die in 2002.

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 ~ Let It Bleed (1969) ~ Ranked #32 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ The Rolling Stones' final record of the Sixties kicks off with the terrifying Gimme Shelter, the song that came to symbolize not only the catastrophe of the Stones' free show at Altamont but the death of the decade's utopian spirit. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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