Charlie Watts, whose sturdy however unflashy drumming powered the Rolling Stones for over 50 years, died on Tuesday in London. He was 80.
His loss of life, in a hospital, was introduced by his publicist, Bernard Doherty. No different particulars had been instantly offered.
The Rolling Stones introduced earlier this month that Mr. Watts wouldn’t be part of the band’s forthcoming “No Filter” tour of the United States after he had undergone an unspecified emergency medical process, which the band’s representatives stated had been profitable.
Reserved, dignified and dapper, Mr. Watts was by no means as flamboyant, both onstage or off, as most of his rock-star friends, not to mention the Stones’ lead singer, Mick Jagger; he was content material to be certainly one of the most interesting rock drummers of his era, taking part in with a jazz-inflected swing that made the band’s titanic success doable. As the Stones guitarist Keith Richards stated in his 2010 autobiography, “Life,” “Charlie Watts has always been the bed that I lie on musically.”
While some rock drummers chased after quantity and bombast, Mr. Watts outlined his taking part in with subtlety, swing and a stable groove.
“As much as Mick’s voice and Keith’s guitar, Charlie Watts’s snare sound is the Rolling Stones,” Bruce Springsteen wrote in an introduction to the 1991 version of the drummer Max Weinberg’s ebook “The Big Beat.” “When Mick sings, ‘It’s only rock ’n’ roll but I like it,’ Charlie’s in back showing you why!”
A full obituary will seem shortly.