Death Of A Drummer. Musicians Pay Fulsome Respect To The Great Charlie Watts

The Rolling Stones - Charlie Watts

The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, a fundamental part of one of the greatest bands in rock ‘n’ roll history, has died at the age of 80.

Tributes have been paid from across the music world, including from his Beatles counterpart Sir Ringo Starr.

His fellow British drummer shared the common thread of being drummer in an iconic English group which emerged in the 1960’s:

Another English icon of the rock and roll movement Sir Elton John was also suitably moved:

Crossing the Atlantic was easy for the Stones. Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson was a ’60’s contemporary…

Creedence singer John Fogerty also expressed his respect and sadness…

The influence was passed onto to Duran Duran…

The news comes weeks after it was announced that Watts would miss the band’s US tour dates to recover from an unspecified medical procedure.

Watts was previously treated for throat cancer in 2004.

He had been a member of the Stones since January 1963, when he joined Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones in their fledgling group.

Watts helped them become, with The Beatles, one of the bands who took rock ‘n’ roll to the masses in the 60s with classics like (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Get Off My Cloud and Sympathy for the Devil.

Charlie Watts

The Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock praised the influence and scale of Watts career…

Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading wrote on twitter…


Another American singer Curtis Stigers also tweeted and expressed deep respect and gratitude for the late Charlie…

Nile Rodgers was another artist paying his respects: