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5 Reasons Charlie Watts Is My Hero

Today the Rolling Stones re-release their classic album "Exile on Main Street".  What's even more classic to me is the band's drummer, Charlie Watts.  I've always been fascinated with him. Why?  There are several reasons: 1) He is beyond cool.  He is the drummer for the biggest band in the history of rock and roll and yet it appears his real love is jazz music.  Along with drummer for the Stones and making albums for the last 40 years, he has done tons of jazz projects too. 2) He's been married to the same woman since 1964.   It's hard enough for everyday people with everyday jobs to stay married these days.  Think of all the temptations Watts had while on the road?!  Perhaps, this should have been first on the list. 3) He has amazing taste in clothes.    Just a few years ago Vanity Fair added him International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.  Watts' idol when it comes to fashion is Fred Astaire. 4) He doesn't take crap from anyone even Mick Jagger.  There is a story (hopefully it's true) that Jagger once called Watts in the middle of the night during a tour.  Jagger supposedly said, "Where's my drummer?".   Watts shaved, put on suit and tie and then went down to Jagger's room and punched him in the face.  Legend has it that Watts said, "I'm not your drummer!  You're my singer!"  Brilliant. 5) He's clean and sober...most of the time.  Watts said he had a problem with drugs and alcohol  between 1983 and 1986 but otherwise everything in moderation.  Amazing and almost unbelievable considering the Stones basically have had access to any kind of drugs. He loves jazz, he is faithful to his wife, he dresses well, he doesn't take crap from anyone and he doesn't use drugs. Charlie Watts, you are my hero.

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05/19/2010 1:56PM
Grumpy Bruce
All that may be true, but if you watch him play, he seems incapable of hitting the snare with his right stick and the hi-hat with his left stick simultaneously. For some reason, this bugs me to no end.
05/20/2010 1:01PM
Mike
Grumpy Bruce, Charlie Watts does that on purpose. I once read an interview where he said he prefers to move the drumstick which strikes the hi-hat out of the way of the drumstick which strikes the snare.
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