On August 24, 2021, Charles Robert Watts went to the great gig in the sky. Charlie Watts was the drummer for The Rolling Stones since 1963. He appeared on every recording by The Rolling Stones.
Back in the day, we used to ask each other: “Who is the better drummer, Ringo or Charlie Watts?” We would ponder that question – mull it over a bit – and give various reasons for our choices. The interesting part of these discussions is that everyone agreed that Charlie Watts was the perfect drummer for The Rolling Stones.
Charlie Watts had a unique “jazz timing” that, many times, made The Rolling Stones sound more like a Count Basie swing band than a rock and roll group. His drumming style inspired future generations of percussionists. His distinctive style had a profound impact on fellow musicians. The late Randy Castillo, Ozzy Osbourne’s drummer during the mid-1980’s to the early 1990’s, and later, he became the drummer for the band, Motley Crue, once stated: “I dare anyone to play like Charlie Watts.”
Charlie Watts was the “beat” of The Rolling Stones. His distinguishing drum beats that were a crucial, integral part of The Rolling Stones will be sorely missed.
John Di Genio and Albert J. Cupo