Charlie Watts

Drummer

Born: 2 June 1941
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as:
The drummer for The Rolling Stones
 

For more than 50 years, Charlie Watts has been the drummer for the ageless rock band The Rolling Stones. Charlie Watts was born in London and became fascinated with jazz stars like John Coltrane as he entered his teens. He left school at age 16, studied at the Harrow School of Art, and began working at an ad agency while playing drums with various blues and rock bands around London. In 1963 he joined a new band, The Rolling Stones, which included guitarists Brian Jones and Keith Richards, bassist Bill Wyman, and lead singer Mick Jagger. It didn't take long for the band to click: the next year they hit the charts with "It's All Over Now." In 1965 they unleashed the megahit single "Satisfaction," which had all of the band's soon-to-be trademarks: brilliantly brash guitar lines, anti-establishment attitude, and lyrics crooned by Jagger with lurid delight. While Jagger and Richards provided the bad-boy antics, Charlie Watts settled in for a long run as the band's bemused and rock-steady percussive force through hit albums like Beggars Banquet (1968), Sticky Fingers (1971), Exile on Main Street (1972), Some Girls (1978), Steel Wheels (1989), Bridges to Babylon (1997) and A Bigger Bang (2005). In later years he returned to his jazz roots, leading a series of well-respected jazz bands and recording his own albums including Tribute to Charlie Parker (1992), Long Ago and Far Away (1996) and The Magic of Boogie Woogie (2010).

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Charlie Watts married the former Shirley Ann Shephard in 1964. Their only child, a daughter named Seraphina, was born in 1968, and they have remained married ever since... Charlie Watts was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2004, but was treated and recovered... In the 1980s, Watts and his wife founded Halsdon Arabians, where they breed and raise horses.

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