Musicians Pay Tribute to Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts, drummer and the rhythmic heartbeat of the Rolling Stones, has died. He was 80. 

Watts’ London publicist, Bernard Doherty, released the following statement today:

“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 Watts had announced he was not going to join his bandmates for their 2021 tour, citing health reasons. 

Read more about Charlie Watts on NPR Music.


Charlie Watts Tributes

Tributes have been rolling in, and you can read a handful below.









From Queen’s Brian May on Instagram: Charlie was “a pillar of strength for the Rolling Stones – to whom he brought a touch of Jazz and a mountain of pure Class.”


Below some vintage Rolling Stones videos that feature Charlie’s drumming. 




Watch vintage Charlie Watts interviews