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posted by martyb on Tuesday August 24 2021, @09:56PM   Printer-friendly
from the R.I.P. dept.

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies aged 80:

Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones drummer who propelled the band’s sound for nearly 60 years, has died aged 80.

A statement from his London publicist, Bernard Doherty, to the PA news agency said: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts.

“He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family. Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also, as a member of the Rolling Stones, one of the greatest drummers of his generation.”

Earlier this month, it was announced that Watts was to miss the band’s forthcoming US tour as he recovered from an unspecified medical procedure.

With his limber stance, keen knowledge of jazz, and unruffled ability to make songs swing even when keeping the strictest time, Watts is regarded as one of the greatest – and most stylish – rock drummers of all time.

Also at CNN, Washington Post, c|net, and, of course, Rolling Stone.


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  • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24 2021, @10:05PM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24 2021, @10:05PM (#1170526)

    ... and somehow Keith Richards is still alive. Must be all the copious amounts of drugs he inhaled, snorted, shot, smoked and took in some form or another.

    Somehow I guess it's sad, if you are friend or family or just a megafan of the Rolling Stones. I'm neither. So for me it's 80 year old man that previously had cancer died and that it barely even newsworthy.

    • (Score: 5, Touché) by Tork on Tuesday August 24 2021, @10:07PM (2 children)

      by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday August 24 2021, @10:07PM (#1170527)
      Pro-tip: You can scroll past uninteresting stories.
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      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24 2021, @10:38PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24 2021, @10:38PM (#1170542)

        But then he can't add his snarky comment about someone's death.
        Where's the joy in that?

        • (Score: 3, Funny) by Tork on Tuesday August 24 2021, @10:50PM

          by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday August 24 2021, @10:50PM (#1170546)
          The joy's for me, I have fun hypocritically criticizing him. ;)
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    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Opportunist on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:37PM (1 child)

      by Opportunist (5545) on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:37PM (#1170564)

      Smoked meat simply lasts longer.

      • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25 2021, @01:24AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25 2021, @01:24AM (#1170606)

        Funny, when someone smokes my meat, I last shorter.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 27 2021, @03:13AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 27 2021, @03:13AM (#1171321)

      NOT offtopic asshats.. This is offtopic... bite me.

  • (Score: 3, Touché) by Hartree on Tuesday August 24 2021, @10:23PM (1 child)

    by Hartree (195) on Tuesday August 24 2021, @10:23PM (#1170535)

    I wish Charlie had stayed alive, if for no other reason, to punch Mick Jagger again. ;)

    (Not that I'm so down on Jagger, but a drummer one upping "his" vocalist that way highly amuses me.)

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25 2021, @05:04AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25 2021, @05:04AM (#1170682)

      I’m so happy somebody else remembers this story from Keith Richards’ bio.

  • (Score: 0, Troll) by HammeredGlass on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:09PM (10 children)

    by HammeredGlass (12241) on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:09PM (#1170554)

    Only boomers downmod my disdain for the hook/refrain/coda/chorus band that has been played down to seven levels of death.

    • (Score: 5, Funny) by NickM on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:15PM (2 children)

      by NickM (2867) on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:15PM (#1170558) Journal
      GenX here, I assure you that You won't get any satisfaction!
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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:50PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:50PM (#1170575)

        Ya gotta try though.

        • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25 2021, @01:50AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25 2021, @01:50AM (#1170617)

          If you try sometime - you'll find - you get what you need.

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:21PM

      by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:21PM (#1170561) Journal
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    • (Score: 0, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:30PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:30PM (#1170562)

      You must be real fun at parties.

      Oh right.

      Parties are when groups of people get together to socialize and hopefully have fun. You might want to check it out, also people often find mating partners at parties.

      • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:53PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:53PM (#1170577)

        The last time I went to a mating party, someone put something in my drink. I hardly remember... oh, no I do remember. It wasn't all I hoped.

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:44PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:44PM (#1170568)

      You can't, always get, ... fuck you limeys.

    • (Score: 2) by epitaxial on Wednesday August 25 2021, @03:16PM

      by epitaxial (3165) on Wednesday August 25 2021, @03:16PM (#1170834)

      That would be The Eagles. Even the dude hates them, that should tell you something.

    • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Wednesday August 25 2021, @04:23PM (1 child)

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Wednesday August 25 2021, @04:23PM (#1170861) Journal

      I got over my hatred of everything I wasn't already a fan of in highschool.

      Most people grow out of the edgelord phase. Why haven't you?

      • (Score: 2) by HammeredGlass on Thursday August 26 2021, @01:16AM

        by HammeredGlass (12241) on Thursday August 26 2021, @01:16AM (#1171046)

        Because their damn music is still injected into every television show, movie, prom, bar mitzvah, gender reveal party, football, baseball, hockey, etc. It's not as simple as turning the radio dial when another of their songs starts playing for the third time this hour.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:39PM (6 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:39PM (#1170565) Journal

    Yeah, well, maybe he can go up against Gene Krupa now.

    https://www.aimm.edu/blog/greatest-drummers-of-all-time [aimm.edu]

    https://ledgernote.com/blog/interesting/best-drummers-of-all-time/ [ledgernote.com]

    Gene Krupa is known as the first rock drummer. He was the first to elevate the drummer from a background and accompanying member of a band to a possible solo voice. He helped define what the standard drum kit included, earning him the title of the founding father of the modern drumset.

    In effect, all today's drummers stand on the shoulders of giants like Gene.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:56PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24 2021, @11:56PM (#1170579)

      Yep, it's Gene's all the way down.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25 2021, @12:01AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25 2021, @12:01AM (#1170582)

      First link is pretty silly, Elvin Jones only appears in the comments and Billy Cobham not at all?

      • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Wednesday August 25 2021, @04:27PM

        by DeathMonkey (1380) on Wednesday August 25 2021, @04:27PM (#1170862) Journal

        They're both black.

        For it to be Rock n' Roll it needs to be stolen FROM the blacks!

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by captain normal on Wednesday August 25 2021, @01:02AM (2 children)

      by captain normal (2205) on Wednesday August 25 2021, @01:02AM (#1170601)

      Like Krupa and Buddy Rich, Watts was mainly a jazz drummer. His beats added a unique rhythm to the Stones' music. Most people don't hear (or just don't pay attention to) the drummers and bass players. I've been amazed at many of his riffs on the Stone's music.
      Meanwhile at 81, Richard Starkey just keeps on like the Energizer Bunny.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25 2021, @01:33AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25 2021, @01:33AM (#1170611)

        Wait, Starkey is a drummer?? I don't think he's held a drumstick in 50 years.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday August 25 2021, @01:18AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday August 25 2021, @01:18AM (#1170604) Journal

    solo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsuMuNu1CL8 [youtube.com]

    with the rest of the band
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNOvgRf0_Ck [youtube.com]

    several more hits, take your choice
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=charlie+watts [youtube.com]

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