"You Will Be Missed"
Charlie Watts passsed away on Tuesday, August 24 in a hospital in London, England, he was 80 years old, born in the year 1941 in England. Charlie was and Englishman and the drummer of the Rock Band The Rolling Stones, joining the band in 1963, and still with the band at his death in August 2021, we guess that's a record for a drummer of a Rock n' Roll Band?
Charlie's music has been with me as a young boy, since the first time I saw The Stones on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. I didn't even know who Charlie was at the time. As a young boy in the early 60s I remember loving the music and was sort of mesmerized by Mick Jagger, his singing, style, and performance. I must admit, I hardly noticed Charlie at all but I did appreciate his musci which was part of the band, Charlie's drumming, Keith and Brian Jones on guitars, Bill Wyman on bass, and of course the incomparable singing of Mick Jagger. All the instuments blended together in the music, which of course included Charlie Watts drumming and providing the beat for the band.
Charlie is considered by many to be one of Rock N' Roll's greatest drummers of all time. He is loved by fans, and respected by musicians. Charlie Watts was known as a sweet and gentle gentleman with a dry sensse of humor, and without question Charlie was the by far the best-dressed member of the Rolling Stones, buying most of his hundreds of custom made shirts, Bespoke Suites, Ties, and shoes on London's Sayville Row.
Know, I didn't know who Charlie was at the time, but would start thinking of him and talking about hime after I bought a copy of The Rolling Stones album Get Yer YsYa's Out, a live album, recorded at Madison Square Garden in New York and released in 1970. Besides the bands music there is some good little chatter by Mick Jagger who gets all the girls in the crowd going, when Mick says, "I popped a button on my trousers. You don't want my trousers to fall down now do ya?" Of course all the girls in the crowd screamed "Yessss" !!! Charlie hits his drums, and Mick says, "Cahrlie's fine tonightm sin't he?" I loved that bit of Mick's chatter and have quoted it many times, and any time I see Charlie's image or he comes up in conversation, I always think of Mick saying that about Charlie on Get Yer Ya Ya's Out.
Anyway, I have loved the Rolling Stones and their music, Mick, Cahrlie, Keith, Bill, Brian, Ronnie, and Mick Taylor all these years (about58 so far).
I'd like to thank Charlie for all the great music and the joy it has brought to me over the years, "Thank You Mr. Watts. And may God Bless You." Millions are sad to see you go, but you shall be remembered.
Again, God Bless and Rest in Peace,
Thursday, August 26th 2021