Inside Charlie Watts' 57-year marriage to wife Shirley Shepherd

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Irish Examiner 26 August, 2021 - 08:21pm

Tributes continue to pour in for Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones drummer who has died aged 80.

When he announced that he wouldn’t be going on the band’s USA No Filter tour earlier this month, he rather poignantly said: “For once my timing has been a little off. I am working hard to get fully fit, but I have today accepted on the advice of the experts that this will take a while.”

He joined the fledgling band in 1963, and never missed a gig. His easy temperament and unparalleled skill as a drummer helped to ensure that his bandmates Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood are still going almost 60 years later.

As Richards once said: “Everybody thinks Mick and Keith are the Rolling Stones. If Charlie wasn’t doing what he’s doing on drums, that wouldn’t be true at all. You’d find out that Charlie Watts is the Stones.”

He was a jazz aficionado, graphic designer, vintage car collector (even though he didn’t drive), a gentleman, unlikely star, and, as he will be remembered, the rock behind the Stones.

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Watch the Last Rolling Stones Performance With Charlie Watts

Vulture 25 August, 2021 - 07:04pm

When the Rolling Stones played Miami on August 30, 2019, nobody knew it would be the last show the Stones would play with legendary drummer Charlie Watts. Watts died August 24, at the age of 80. He had already bowed out of the band’s latest tour, still set to begin in St. Louis on September 26. Rolling Stone shared the fan-made video of the Rolling Stones playing “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” together for the last time. Even this final performance was a slog to get to: the “No Filter” tour had been postponed because Mick Jagger needed to undergo heart surgery. Then the show got bumped up a day to get ahead of Hurricane Dorian. They didn’t completely escape Dorian, as the band wound up playing in the rain. Per the Miami New Times, the downpour started during “Gimme Shelter.” Yes, the song that starts with the line “A storm is threatening.” By “Satisfaction,” the band’s second encore, the rain had mostly subsided. The New Times noted that Watts seemed to be having the time of his life playing in the rain. That’s how you go out.

The Who's Pete Townshend shares tribute to Charlie Watts: "Such a lovely man"

NME.com 25 August, 2021 - 04:40am

The Who‘s Pete Townshend has shared a touching tribute to The Rolling Stones‘ Charlie Watts, who died yesterday aged 80.

Watts’ publicist confirmed the news in a statement last night (August 24), writing that the “beloved” drummer had “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”

A cause of death has not yet been made public.

Taking to his official Instagram account last night, guitarist Townshend joined many fellow musicians in paying his respects to the late Stones member. He posted an image of a rainbow, which he said was “always a sign”.

“Charlie Watts wept at Keith Moon’s funeral. I wish I was capable of such tears today,” the message continued.

“Instead I just want to say goodbye. Not a rock drummer, a jazz drummer really, and that’s why the Stones swung like the Basie band!! Such a lovely man.”

Townshend added: “God bless his wife and daughter, and I’ll bet the horses will miss him too.” You can see the post below.

Watts’ Rolling Stones bandmates Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood have each shared tributes to the legendary drummer on their respective social media pages. The latter wrote that he would “dearly miss” the musician, adding: “You are the best.”

The likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Liam Gallagher, Blondie, Nile Rodgers and Garbage were also among those to pay their respects.

It was recently announced that Charlie Watts would be sitting out The Rolling Stones’ 2021 tour dates, with longtime Richards collaborator Steve Jordan due to fill in. A recent medical procedure was cited as the reason for Watts’ absence, although this was said to have been “completely successful”.

Having joined the Stones in 1963, Watts featured on all of the band’s studio albums to date alongside Richards and Jagger. He previously worked as a graphic designer in an advertising agency.

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The Who's Pete Townshend shares tribute to Charlie Watts: "Such a lovely man"

NME.com 25 August, 2021 - 04:40am

The Who‘s Pete Townshend has shared a touching tribute to The Rolling Stones‘ Charlie Watts, who died yesterday aged 80.

Watts’ publicist confirmed the news in a statement last night (August 24), writing that the “beloved” drummer had “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”

A cause of death has not yet been made public.

Taking to his official Instagram account last night, guitarist Townshend joined many fellow musicians in paying his respects to the late Stones member. He posted an image of a rainbow, which he said was “always a sign”.

“Charlie Watts wept at Keith Moon’s funeral. I wish I was capable of such tears today,” the message continued.

“Instead I just want to say goodbye. Not a rock drummer, a jazz drummer really, and that’s why the Stones swung like the Basie band!! Such a lovely man.”

Townshend added: “God bless his wife and daughter, and I’ll bet the horses will miss him too.” You can see the post below.

Watts’ Rolling Stones bandmates Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood have each shared tributes to the legendary drummer on their respective social media pages. The latter wrote that he would “dearly miss” the musician, adding: “You are the best.”

The likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Liam Gallagher, Blondie, Nile Rodgers and Garbage were also among those to pay their respects.

It was recently announced that Charlie Watts would be sitting out The Rolling Stones’ 2021 tour dates, with longtime Richards collaborator Steve Jordan due to fill in. A recent medical procedure was cited as the reason for Watts’ absence, although this was said to have been “completely successful”.

Having joined the Stones in 1963, Watts featured on all of the band’s studio albums to date alongside Richards and Jagger. He previously worked as a graphic designer in an advertising agency.

The world's defining voice in music and pop culture since 1952.

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