Rolling Stones Drummer, Charlie Watts, Dead at 80

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photo credit: Instagram/Charlie Watts

Famed Rolling Stones drummer, Charlie Watts is dead at age 80. Watts had announced that he would not tour with the band in 2021 because of a health issue, which he did not specify.

Read the full obituary at the Associated Press

Charlie Watts, the self-effacing and unshakeable Rolling Stones drummer who helped anchor one of rock’s greatest rhythm sections and used his “day job” to support his enduring love of jazz, has died, according to his publicist. He was 80.

Bernard Doherty said Tuesday that Watts “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”

“Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as a member of The Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation,” Doherty said.

Watts had announced he would not tour with the Stones in 2021 because of an undefined health issue.

The quiet, elegantly dressed Watts was often ranked with Keith Moon, Ginger Baker and a handful of others as a premier rock drummer, respected worldwide for his muscular, swinging style as the Stones rose from their scruffy beginnings to international superstardom. He joined the band early in 1963 and remained over the next 60 years, ranked just behind Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as the group’s longest-lasting and most essential member.

Watch a live performance of The Rolling Stone’s Jumping Jack Flash from Charlie Watts’ point of view.

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