Charlie Watts was the opposite of Keith Moon – while Keith sat at the back and smacked the Who into next week with a voracious pounding that plays like a blueprint for metal and all its offshoots, Charlie sat at the back and kept his eyes on not Bill, certainly not Mick, but Keith. It is one of three secrets to why Charlie, who died August 24th at the age of 80, was the hands down best drummer in rock and roll ever.
1 – He followed Keith instead of the band following him.
2 – He learnt the drums by playing along with jazz records. Which means he knew everything from syncopation to blues and martial beats. When he first learnt the blues he considered it slowed down Charlie Parker.
3 – Charlie’s stoic presence was an omnipotent centrifugal force with a minimum of force. Hitting the snare on 2nd and 4th beat, he would make the Watts move, take his left hand away from the drums and smack the snare with his right hand and with all his might. This gave the Stones a huge amount of punch in the pocket.
Charlie knew stuff he didn’t share and that meant he could find a groove in song after song with a minimum of fuss (if you can fade out everything but the drums on “Honky Tonk Women” you’ll hear it). Like Ringo Starr before him, he was comfortable in the background while the Glimmer Twins took up all the energy.
Charlie’s quietness was the antidote for the Stones craziness, his discipline freed everybody on 100s of songs. The loss of Charlie is the end of the 60s, the sort of giants that Western culture has no more.
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a form of personal jesus
something he learned from his legendary uncle
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The 2021 “Legends Of Vinyl’s “Gala Awards Night” New York DJs and Artists Hall Of Fame, Tuesday, September 14th, Reviewed
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Live Review: SohoJohnny Presents The Let Me Help, Inc 9/11 Fashion and Music Celebrity Benefit Gala Concert @Rumi Event Space 9/11/21
The star studded, Red Carpet Let Me Help, Inc benefit was a celebration of New York City fashion week, as well as a tribute to the 20th anniversary of 9/11.