Five Videos That Show The Musical Genius Of The Rolling Stones’ Drummer Charlie Watts

Born June 2nd, 1941

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Mick Jagger just shared a touching birthday message for his mate in The Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts, the drummer that keeps the band as wobbly as anyone that’s ever played the blues.

Today is his 78th birthday!…

As a drummer myself, I’ve always been a major fan of his unique style behind the four piece, and given the huge set of songs that went on to be the biggest hits in rock n’ roll, there’s no denying that Watts’ playing has had a huge effect on rock music.

This band incorporated so many other styles into the Blues early that Charlie had to deliver on what was promised in the vocals, sometimes a funky good time, sometimes a somber blues vamp, sometimes a heroin soaked jam session. He does it all.

Here’s five videos that show what a genius he really is and a few clips of the master at work…

Just last year, The Rolling Stones were on stage and performing the day of Charlie’s birthday, and this year before their unfortunate tour cancellation due to Mick Jagger’s little heart surgery, the band had planned to be out there now just finishing up their spring 2019 tour.

Well that got pushed to this summer (tour kicks off later this month), which you can try to get tickets for (if you’re lucky), but ahead of that, go ahead and click play above on the video from Mick Jagger wishing Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts BOTH a well-deserved happy birthday before the crowd sings-a-long and Watts walks back to the kit with a nice little hug from Keith Richards.

Okay so that doesn’t fully highlight his musical genius or anything, but it’s a fun video close with.

Happy Birthday, Charlie!