After announcing a hiatus from returning to their tour, longtime Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died today at the age of 80. Watts was one of the original members of the band alongside Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, and Bill Wyman.
Though not as flashy as the group’s front man – Jagger – or as outrageous as Richards – Watts is known as having provided a musical backbone to the group since its launch in the early 1960s.
Already, celebrity tributes are beginning to pour in for this rock and roll icon. We’ll keep you posted as more are available, and we’ll be thinking of Charlie, his band family, and his extended family and friends too.
The Rolling Stones themselves…
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) August 24, 2021
…and so many others.
Charlie Watts was the most elegant and dignified drummer in rock and roll. He played exactly what was needed – no more – no less. He is one of a kind. pic.twitter.com/aasPZ2fMYX
— Joan Jett (@joanjett) August 24, 2021
Paul on Charlie Watts ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rn2elK6cFE
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 24, 2021
A hero is gone. No words. A huge gaping hole in the universe.
RIP Charlie Watts. https://t.co/kLSaIF9JKn
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) August 24, 2021
#CHARLIEWATTS. The beat of The Stones. There are no words, every groove has spoken for itself.
6/2/41 – 8/24/21 pic.twitter.com/Lw2USKaxYH
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) August 24, 2021
So saddened to hear about the passing of Charlie Watts . An absolute inspiration to a legion of drummers since the 1960’s. A man of grace , style , dignity and composure . pic.twitter.com/Nu4msDShAF
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) August 24, 2021