The Beatles, Bill Kreutzmann, Stewart Copeland & Others Remember Charlie Watts

Check out a series of remembrances of The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who died on Tuesday at age 80.

By Team JamBase Aug 24, 2021 12:49 pm PDT

The music world lost one of its greatest drummers today when The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts died at age 80. A flood of touching tributes and heartfelt remembrances from musicians and others celebrities have come flooding in on social media since the news was announced. The Beatles’ Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Grateful Dead/Dead & Company drummer Bill Kreutzmann and Stewart Copeland of The Police and Oysterhead are just a few of those who have shared messages of love and respect for Charlie Watts.

“So sad to hear about Charlie Watts, the Stones drummer, dying. He was a lovely guy,” Paul McCartney said in a video. “I knew he was ill, but I didn’t know it was this [bad]. Lots of love to his family, wife and kids and extended family, and condolences to the Stones. A huge blow to them, because Charlie was a rock and a fantastic drummer. Steady as a rock. Love you Charlie, always loved you. Beautiful man.”

“God bless Charlie Watts we’re going to miss you man peace and love to the family,” wrote Starr.

“Drummers are bonded together by virtue of their instrument and I am saddened that today we lost a brother,” noted Kreutzmann. “The last time I saw the Rolling Stones was in the arena in Oakland where the Grateful Dead had performed many times before. But being in the audience, I got to experience that show as a fan. I even paid for parking! When the Stones brought out Tom Waits to sit in on ‘Little Red Rooster,’ one of my friends reminded me that the Grateful Dead had played that very song in that very room. Charlie had his own feel for it and I loved it. I always admired his steadfast approach, ability, and style. Rest in peace, brother.”

“So sad to lose a unique, iconic drummer (and dancer). He was a quiet giant,” stated Copeland.

Elton John, Brian Wilson, Questlove, George Porter Jr., Margo Price and Joan Jett are among others who paid tribute to Charlie. The Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood also reacted to Watts’ death, as did touring member Karl Denson. Scroll down for their remembrances and many others:

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