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Charlie Watts: Two Sticks Among The Stones

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One of the great drummers of any generation has passed. Watts leaves behind Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood after more than 50 years behind his kit. Growing up the son of a truck driver in Wembley with a penchant for jazz and a gift for design, little did he know that the children's book about Charlie Parker he published at such a young age would so beautifully foretell his own greatness despite the humble ode he inscribed in the preface: "This story was compiled by one Charlie to a late and great Charlie." Through the decades his greatness ramped up like his many unmistakable rhythms, always playing to a slightly different beat as early as the beginning of the 1960s when he turned down the Stones' first invitations to join them. But despite those first tones of rejection, Jagger persisted and Watts joined the band that took off like a rocket and never cooled down. Into the 1980s with the Charlie Watts Orchestra, Watts finally reached his penultimate ambit