Charlie Watts (died August 24th, aged 80)
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Charlie Watts, who achieved international fame as the drummer of the rock band The Rolling Stones, died at a London hospital on August 24th at the age of 80. According to his publicist Bernard Doherty, Watt “passed away peacefully … surrounded by his family.”
One of the greatest drummers of his generation, Watts was respected worldwide for his muscular, swinging style. He joined the band early in 1963 and remained for nearly 60 years, ranking just behind Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as the group’s longest lasting member. Watts was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones in 2004.