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How old is Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones?

Charlie Watts, the influential longtime drummer for the Rolling Stones, has died. He was 80 years old. Mr. Watts died at a London hospital on Tuesday surrounded by his family, his spokesperson said in a statement. The Wall Street JournalCharlie Watts, Rolling Stones Drummer, Dies at Age 80

Who was the original drummer of the Rolling Stones?

Charlie Watts, the drummer who anchored the Rolling Stones throughout their reign as the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band, died on Tuesday. He was 80. His death was announced by a spokesperson for the group: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. Los Angeles TimesPhotos: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts remembered

How did Rolling Stones drummer die?

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who helped them become one of the greatest bands in rock 'n' roll, has died at the age of 80. "It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts," a statement said. BBC NewsCharlie Watts: Rolling Stones drummer dies at 80

Did one of the Rolling Stones died?

In June 1969, the Rolling Stones dismissed Jones; guitarist Mick Taylor took his place in the group. Jones died less than a month later, drowning in the swimming pool at his home aged 27. wikipedia.orgBrian Jones - Wikipedia

The Rolling Stones play Starlight Bowl in San Diego in 1964

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'Charlie Watts hated stardom but was the glue that stuck the Rolling Stones together'

The Mirror 26 August, 2021 - 02:10pm

Even when the crowd roared their approval, Charlie would just smile and maybe offer a nod here and there, or a wave if you were lucky.

It was this down-to-earth and non-flashy nature that his bandmates, as well as the fans of his music, adored.

Keith Richards hit the nail on the head when he said: “He’s modest and shy and the idea of stardom horrifies him.”

This anti-showbiz stance could have potentially jarred with his more flamboyant colleagues.

But watch any Stones show live and you are immediately struck by the affection they held for the man tucked away on his stool at the back.

I’ve been lucky enough to watch the band around the world, joining them on their last South American tour, as well as huge gigs in Germany, Ireland and across the UK.

Keef would often saunter over and have a laugh in his ear.

Mick – a huge fan of Charlie’s virtuoso drumming skills – would catch his eye and have a joke.

Charlie was very much the glue that stuck them all together.

A glue that was very much needed after half a century on the road together.

Over the years there have always been whispers and rumours that Charlie was ready to call time on touring. Who could blame him?

He was in his twilight years and his legacy was set in stone.

He memorably said he didn’t like playing outside shows as the wind made it hard to hit the cymbals and he hilariously called the Glastonbury Festival “old hat”

Just as he would have done this year had he not fallen ill. But year after year and tour after tour, there he was, lined up alongside his bandmates ready to give it another go.

Elton John called Charlie the ultimate drummer.

But he was the ultimate team player, too.

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