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Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts discusses the musical milestones of his life in an interview with Matt Everitt first broadcast in 2011.

Charlie Watts discusses the musical milestones of his life in an interview with Matt Everitt first broadcast in 2011.

Jagger's ego might always occupy the centre stage, and Richards is the archetypal elegantly wasted rocker - but the heart of the Rolling Stones has to be drummer Charlie Watts.

His distinctive and deceptively powerful drumming has propelled the group throughout their career and countless hits. Other members may come and go, but as Keith himself admits: no Charlie? No Stones.

In this rare interview, Charlie tells of his life as the least rock 'n' roll, but always charming Stone. With his deadpan with and laconic style, he recalls his pre-Stones career, and the early, starving-in-a-bedsit days of what would become one of the greatest bands in the world, as well as the roots of his overriding passion, jazz.

He also sheds a light on his role in the complex relationships within the group, their golden years of recording, his own brief but hard-fought battle with heroin, and whether the Stones would, or could ever, tour again.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 27 Sep 2019 01:00

Music Played

  • The Rolling Stones

    PAINT IT BLACK

    • THROUGH THE PAST, DARKLY BIG HITS VOL 2.
    • LONDON.
    • 844 089--2.
  • The Four Aces

    THREE COINS IN A FOUNTAIN

    • UNFORGETTABLE FIFTIES.
    • GOOD MUSIC.
    • UKD-103.
  • Billy Eckstine

    MY FOOLISH HEART

    • MR B..
    • ASV.
    • CJA-5370.
  • Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Chet Baker

    WALKIN' SHOES

    • The Best Of The Gerry Mulligan Quartet.
    • Pacific Jazz.
    • CDP-7954812.
  • Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated

    Chicken Shack

    • Alexis Korner's All Star Blues Band.
    • Line.
    • TACD 900634.
  • Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated

    HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN

    • ALEXIS KORNER - LIVE AT THE CAVERN.
    • SANCTUARY RECORDS.
    • RRCD035.
  • The Rolling Stones

    COME ON

    • SINGLES COLLECTION.
    • ABKCO.
    • 844-4812.
  • The Rolling Stones

    (I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION

    • SINGLES COLLECTION - THE LONDON YEARS.
    • LONDON.
    • 820-900-2.
  • Sonny Rollins

    SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME

    • Here's to the People.
    • Milestone.
    • MCD-9194-2.
  • The Rolling Stones

    ALL DOWN THE LINE

    • EXILE ON MAIN STREET.
    • MUSIDOR.
    • COC-69100.
  • Duke Ellington

    Taker the A Train

    • Duke Ellington:classics 1940-1941.
    • CLASSICS CLASSIC..
    • 8-37.
  • The Rolling Stones

    SWAY

    • Sticky Fingers.
    • VIRGIN.
    • CDV-2730.
  • The Beatles

    I AM THE WALRUS

    • ANTHOLOGY 3.
    • APPLE.
    • 7243 8-34448 2 3.
  • Charlie Parker & John Klenner

    Just Friends

    • Bird with Strings.
    • Verve.
    • 731452-398420.
  • Guillemots

    Annie, Let's Not Wait

    • CD SINGLE.
    • Polydor.

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