Oyogist has learned that Charlie Watts, the unshakeable Rolling Stones drummer who helped bring to light one of rock’s greatest bands has died at the age of 80.
His death was announced earlier today by publicist, Bernard Doherty.
Watts had “passed away peacefully in a London hospital and was 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,” Doherty said.
Watts had announced he would not tour with the Stones in 2021 because of an undefined health issue.
He was born and brought up in London 1941, and started playing drums in London’s rhythm and blues clubs in the early 1960s, before agreeing to join forces with Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in their fledgling group, The Rolling Stones, in January 1963.