The Rolling Stones' drummer Charlie Watts dies aged 80
Charlie Watts, drummer of The Rolling Stones, has died at the age of 80.
Watts (pictured on the right) passed away yesterday (August 24th) in a London hospital, the band's publicist said.
Born in Wembley in 1941, Watts began drumming at the age of 14. After completing secondary school, Watts enrolled at Harrow Art School, which he attended until 1960.
After leaving art school, he worked as a graphic designer while maintaining a career in jazz and R&B groups. All that changed in 1962, when he was first introduced to his future bandmates.
Watts became a member of the Rolling Stones in January 1963, when he joined Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones in their fledgling group. He would remain a member for the rest of his life.
After short-lived spells with drummers Tony Chapman and Carlo Little, Watts became a permanent fixture in the band and would go on to play each and every one of their 23 studio albums, selling over 200 million albums in the process.
Watts had already confirmed that he would not be taking part in the band's US stadium tour later this year due to ill health. Drummer Steve Jordan had already been booked to stand in for him.
Watts' bandmates Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have paid tribute to him, as well as numerous other musicians, a selection is included below:
Rest in peace, Charlie Watts. Our love and deepest condolences go out to Shirley, Seraphina, Charlotte and all The Rolling Stones family. Love, yoko pic.twitter.com/ePsEnA7Ai6— Yoko Ono ☁️ (@yokoono) August 25, 2021
Paul on Charlie Watts ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rn2elK6cFE— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 24, 2021
RIP CHARLIE WATTS— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) August 24, 2021