The Quiet Man

The Unlikely Stone

What would the Rolling Stones music be without Charlie Watts? 

There are some songs where I womder if the magic of Jagger and Richards would get to such heights without Charlie’s contribution. 

A few iconic songs come to mind:

• Paint it Black (it was—perhaps still is—one of my favorites)

• Get off of my Cloud (maybe even more )

• Junpin’ Jack

• to the best of all: SATISFACTION!

But then even when Jagger or Richards where the stars, Watts was fundamental; just listen to Angie and you can hear his drums there in the background, yet so important.

Charlie Watts was the man in the background for so many reasons. It was not good looking to begin with, nor did he had that sex appeal of the two leaders. He was even married to the same woman during his fame and temptations!

For him Style was the answer to everything. Charlie Watts was the coolness the kept the Stones together. While the leading musicians gave an image of dishevelled and dangerous, he was stylish and steady.

Men like him are always in short supply.

Thank you Charlie for your contributions. 

May you rest in peace.

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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