Happy Birthday! Charlie Watts

posted by Jeff K -

It's Charlie Watts' 77th birthday!

The English drummer, best known as a member of The Rolling Stones. Originally trained as a graphic artist, he started playing drums in London’s rhythm and blues clubs, where he met Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards.  In 1963, he joined their group, as drummer, while doubling as designer of their record sleeves and tour stages. He has also toured with his own group, the Charlie Watts Quintet, and appeared at London’s prestigious jazz-club Ronnie Scott’s with the Charlie Watts Tentet.

In 2006, Watts was elected into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame; in the same year, Vanity Fair elected him into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. In the estimation of noted music critic Robert Christgau, Watts is "rock's greatest drummer." In 2016, he was ranked 12th on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time" list

Back in 2013 the Stones posted this video in honor of Charlie's birthday. It's so good, let's watch it again, in Charlie's honor.

As the Stones wrote... Charlie is the Wembley Whammer, Mr Wang Dang Doodle, the heartbeat of the Rolling Stones, Mr Charlie Watts!"Charlie's good tonight", Charlie's good every night.  The drummer thinks that he's dynamite!"

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