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Charlie Watts Dead at 80!


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@matonanjin Sad news indeed.  I had recently watched an interview clip of him back in the 90's and he really came off as a polar opposite to Mick and Keith's 'oversized, outlandish' persona!  He ranked only behind those two in time spent as a member of the Stones.  He was always in the background keeping everyone on the beat...even when Richards intentionally changed it during a song to mess with him, and Charlie quickly got it back.  R.I.P. Mr Watts.

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Mick, Keith, Ronnie Talk About Missing Charlie, and 2021 Tour


Lots more to this wide ranging interview than what follows.  But here is an excerpt of Mick talking about Charlie: 

"The thing about Charlie was that he was such a quiet guy. I can’t think of that incident when he came into the room and said, ‘We should do this like this!’ I can always remember when he sat down and played ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.’ He established this great rock beat, then switched it to Latin jazz. The thing about Charlie was that he was always there, always played beautifully and was always willing to discuss what to do about it – how he could make it better. He held the band together for so long, musically, because he was the rock the rest of it was built around. We had a lot of wonderful times apart from playing music together. We used to go and watch cricket. And when we’d get together, we didn’t talk about music. We talked about art, which he knew a lot more about than I did. But the thing he brought was this beautiful sense of swing and swerve that most bands wish they could have. We had some really nice conversations in the last couple of years about how all this happened with the band. It’s a huge loss to us all. It’s very, very hard. But we had wonderful times, and Charlie made some wonderful music.”


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