Charlie Watts Autographs and Autograph Memorabilia | The Rolling Stones
Authentic Charlie Watts Autographs and Autograph Memorabilia. The Rolling Stones signed memorabilia of Charlie.
Charles Robert Watts (born 2 June 1941) is an English drummer, best known as a member of the Rolling Stones since 1963. Originally trained as a graphic artist, he started playing drums in London’s rhythm and blues clubs; where he met Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards. In January 1963, he joined their fledgling group; the Rolling Stones, as drummer, while doubling as designer of their record sleeves and tour stages. Watts cites jazz as a major influence on his drumming style. He has toured with his own group, the Charlie Watts Quintet, and appeared in London at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club with the Charlie Watts Tentet.
In 2006, Watts elected into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame; the same year, Vanity Fair elected him into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. In the estimation of noted music critic Robert Christgau, Watts is “rock’s greatest drummer.” In 2016, he was ranked 12th on Rolling Stone‘s “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” list.
Besides his music, Charlie Watts autographs contributed graphic art to early Rolling Stones records; such as the Between the Buttons record sleeve and was responsible for the 1975 tour announcement press conference in New York City. The band surprised the throng of waiting reporters by driving and playing; “Brown Sugar” on the back of a flatbed truck in the middle of Manhattan traffic. Watts remembered this was a common way for New Orleans jazz bands to promote upcoming dates. Moreover, with Jagger, he designed the elaborate stages for tours; first contributing to the lotus-shaped design of that 1975 Tour of the Americas; as well as the 1989–1990 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour; the 1997 Bridges to Babylon Tour, the 2002–2003 Licks Tour, and the 2005–2007 A Bigger Bang Tour.
Watts, involved in many activities outside his life as a member of The Rolling Stones. In 1964, he published a cartoon tribute to Charlie Parker entitled Ode to a High Flying Bird. Although he has made his name in rock, his personal tastes lie principally in jazz. In the late 1970s, he joined Ian Stewart in the back-to-the-roots boogie-woogie band Rocket 88, which featured many of the UK’s top jazz, rock and R&B musicians. During the 1980s, he toured worldwide with a big band that included such names as Evan Parker; Courtney Pine and Jack Bruce, who was also a member of Rocket 88. In 1991, he organised a jazz quintet as another tribute to Charlie Parker. 1993 saw the release of Warm And Tender, by the Charlie Watts Quintet, which included vocalist Bernard Fowler. This same group then released Long Ago And Far Away in 1996.
Both records included a collection of Great American Songbook standards. After a successful collaboration with Jim Keltner on The Rolling Stones‘ Bridges to Babylon, Watts and Keltner released a techno/instrumental album simply titled, Charlie Watts/Jim Keltner Project. Furthermore, Watts stated that even though the tracks bore such names as the “Elvin Suite” in honour of the late Elvin Jones; Max Roach and Roy Haynes, they were not copying their style of drumming; but rather capturing a feeling by those artists. Watts at Scott’s was recorded with his group, “the Charlie Watts autographs Tentet”, at the famous jazz club in London, Ronnie Scott’s.
Moreover, in 1989, The Rolling Stones inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the July 2006 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, Watts was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame, joining Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Steve Gadd, Buddy Rich and other highly esteemed and influential drummers from the history of rock and jazz.
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