Talk:Charlie Watts

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Is Charlie Dead??[edit]

I read/heard today that Charlie Watts died on Tuesday (Aug 9th).. even though i've found several articles about it on the internet the information is not conclusive... should i update the article adding his death??? --Danrha 17:28, 11 August 2005 (UTC)

Finally i cleared the mistake!! and thank god he's alive :)... the one who died was Carlo Little... yet lots of articles used "the first drummer of the stones" instead of saying his name... :S

Heroin, etc.?[edit]

From this article: Although formerly a smoker, Watts did not abuse harder drugs.

From Dirty Work (album): Watts was reportedly not as involved in the sessions due to a period of rehab from alcohol and heroin addiction.

Um? Hoary 10:44, 23 September 2005 (UTC)


Charlie Watts did reveal that he had a heroin addiction in an interview on "60 Minutes" several years ago.Radonman 01:46, 25 October 2005 (UTC)

Edit May12th[edit]

I saw some flaws in the article, and wanted to add a little weight, gave it Solo discography and organized it like Richards and Jagger articles. I think there was a bit of a faulty belief Watts was a "mr. Clean" throught he years, and there is some truth to it, compared to others, but he still was a touring muscian and a lot the stuff i added i got from Rolling Stone magazine interviews, not with him but others, and his own interviews in print and t.v.--Mikerussell 04:55, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

Flat Bed Truck[edit]

The first Rock band to play live from the back on a flat bed truck was The Edgar Broughton Band

Drumming Style[edit]

Hello, I was wondering if someone could post something about Charlie's drumming style which I observe to be quite idiosyncratic. Thanks.

Private life and public image[edit]

Hi! Is this sentence in the article necessary?: 'Ever faithful to his wife Shirley, Watts consistently refused sexual favors from groupies on the road and discussed his regular bouts of insomnia incurred from not sharing his bed with his wife in Robert Greenfield's STP: A Journey Through America With The Rolling Stones, a document of their 1972 American Tour.' Not only does it seem unnecessary, but not easily verifiable. Zinza (talk) 23:00, 17 November 2007 (UTC)

I believe it`s relevant..it relates to his character especially as he is associated with a group of the biggest party animals in music..I don`t mean that in a judgmental way..I just think it may have something to do with their success oveall..after all..he is the drummer..it`s been my experience in music it`s pretty much the drummer who has to keep it together..that`s my opinion anyway..leave it in. Lonepilgrim007 (talk) 07:35, 19 June 2013 (UTC)
also this seems to be an extremely short article regarding a very well known musician..isn`t there anything else anyone can add? Lonepilgrim007 (talk) 17:10, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

Father[edit]

'a lorry driver for British Rail' British Rail was founded in the 1960s. Before that there was British Railways, but that was founded in 1948. Watts' father must have worked for some other company when he was born.217.43.226.218 (talk) 01:40, 25 January 2008 (UTC)

Charlie Watts Jewish?[edit]

Is Charlie Watts Jewish? I know he doesn't practice the religion, and I can find no evidence of his ethnicity. This article has him in the "English Jews" category. Is there any evidence of this? SpanishStroll (talk) 17:02, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Charlie's stated on a couple of occasions that he's Jewish, but i've never read/heard anything that went into any detail about it. Sssoul (talk) 16:01, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
Can you find a source for that? SpanishStroll (talk) 16:47, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
at present i don't have time to go hunting for the very brief mentions of it i've seen - literally two words in a statement about something else entirely, a la "i was in X and, being Jewish, i felt Y". one of them might be somewhere in Stanley Booth's book The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones, if you want to look for it yourself. Sssoul (talk) 07:15, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
I'd like to get the source. Alan Clayson's biography of Watts doesn't mention it. SpanishStroll (talk) 22:55, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

no, he hasn't quit[edit]

re the rumours started on 02 september 2009, see this correction by the Rolling Stones' publicist. Sssoul (talk) 17:30, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

Photographs[edit]

Aren't there any photographs of him from when he was younger? Iminrainbows (talk) 02:23, 11 April 2010 (UTC)

Charlie is not dead, has not quit the Stones, and is not Jewish. He mostly averted the drug thing in the '60s/'70s (although he was a binge drinker), but began abusing hard drugs, by his own account while going through some depressive things, in the late '70s/early '80s; by his own account this included amphetamines and heroin as well as alcohol. He's been clean and sober for years, and, as of 2004 when he was treated for throat cancer, is a non-smoker after over 4 decades of heavy smoking (like almost every other Britisher who came of age in the '50s and '60s). —Preceding unsigned comment added by Maccb (talkcontribs) 19:11, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

Discography was grossly inaccurate (Aug 17, 2012)[edit]

Everything in the discography was the work of CHarlie Watts the jazz saxophone musician. I deleted it.