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Charlie Watts

Drummer Charlie Watts

Full Name: Charles Robert Watts
Profession: Drummer


Biography: Best known as the drummer of British group The Rolling Stones.

Born: June 2, 1941
Birthplace: London, England

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: August 24, 2021 (aged 80)

Married Life

  • 1964-10-14 Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (23) weds Shirley Shepherd

Historical Events

  • 1963-04-21 Beatles meet the Rolling Stones for the 1st time
  • 1963-10-07 The Rolling Stones record the Lennon-McCartney song "I Wanna Be Your Man" at Kingsway Sound Studio in London
  • 1964-01-01 Top of the Pops, British pop music television program premieres; acts performing include Dusty Springfield; The Rolling Stones; Dave Clark Five: The Hollies; Swinging Blue; and The Beatles
  • 1964-10-25 1st appearance of The Rolling Stones on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • 1965-05-12 The Rolling Stones record their smash hit single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
  • 1966-04-15 The Rolling Stones release "Aftermath", their fourth studio album in UK (6th in US)
  • 1966-05-06 The Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black" in the US
  • 1966-05-13 The Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black" in the UK
  • 1966-06-11 "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones peaks at #1 in the US
  • 1969-06-08 Brian Jones is asked to leave the Rolling Stones
  • 1969-06-13 Mick Taylor leaves John Mayall Band and joins The Rolling Stones
  • 1969-12-06 300,000 attend Altamont free concert in California, featuring The Rolling Stones. Marred by violence and four deaths.
  • 1971-03-14 The Rolling Stones leave England for France to escape taxes
  • 1975-12-19 British guitarist Ron Wood joins the Rolling Stones
  • 1976-04-06 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen the Rolling Stones"
  • 1979-04-22 The Rolling Stones play two benefit concerts for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, in Oshawa, Ontario; performance part of guitarist Keith Richards’ sentence for heroin conviction on heroin charges
  • 1981-10-11 Then unknown musician Prince Rogers Nelson opens for The Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum
  • 1989-01-18 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Dion; Otis Redding; The Rolling Stones; The Temptations; Stevie Wonder; The Ink Spots; Bessie Smith; The Soul Stirrers; and Phil Spector
  • 1994-08-01 The Rolling Stones begin Voodoo Lounge world tour
  • 2013-06-26 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones, and Mumford and Sons headline; other performers include Elvis Costello, Vampire Weekend, The Lumineers, Billy Bragg, Kenny Rogers, and Rufus Wainwright
  • 2021-08-05 Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (80) announces he will be unable to accompany the band on its 2021 U.S. tour, based on medical advice; American Steve Jordan tapped to fill in

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