- NAME: Charlie Watts
- OCCUPATION: Drummer
- BIRTH DATE: June 02, 1941 (Age: 71)
- EDUCATION: Tylers Croft Secondary Modern School, University of Westminster, Harrow School of Art
- PLACE OF BIRTH: London, England, United Kingdom
- Full Name: Charles Robert Watts
- AKA: Charles Watts
- AKA: Charlie Watts
- ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini
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Charlie Watts is best known for playing drums as part of the famed rock 'n' roll group the Rolling Stones. He is also a noted jazz musician.
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He returned to his first love, jazz, by forming a number of different groups, including a 32-piece band called the Charlie Watts Orchestra. Around that same time, Watts performed with early Rolling Stones member Ian Stewart in the band Rocket 88.
In the early 1990s, Watts released several albums with another group, the Charlie Watts Quintet,
including a tribute to Charlie Parker. He later joined forces with drummer Jim Keltner for 2000's Charlie Watts/Jim Keltner Project, which covered a broad spectrum of musical styles. In 2004, he put out an album with Charlie Watts and the Tentet, another jazz ensemble. Also in 2004, Watts, a longtime smoker, was also diagnosed with throat cancer. After receiving treatment, the musician made a full recovery.
In recent years, Watts has gained fame for his work with the swing band the A, B, C & D of Boogie Woogie. Today, the musician continues to record and play with the Rolling Stones, and has said he plans to stay with the band until Mick Jagger or Keith Richards decides to retire. "We couldn't go on without them. Maybe as the Keith Richards All Stars, but it would be a different band—which I wouldn't mind playing for," Watts said.
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