Happy 71st Birthday, Charlie!!!!
He is a musician’s musician. Long the backbone of the Rolling Stones, Watts is also a bandleader and jazz drummer extraordinaire. He is dryly clever, and he just might be my favorite member of the band. Between the anarchy that is Keith Richards & Ronnie Wood and the preening of Mick Jagger, the Stones would have descended into chaos long ago if it weren’t for Charlie. He does more than keep the time; he holds them together. Watts provides a gravitational center for everyone else to revolve around. He’s not the sun, more like a dark star, keeping his power carefully hidden. He doesn’t have a big complicated kit because he doesn’t need one to provide a bedrock beat. Charlie Watts truly rocks.