Tributes have poured in over the news that Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts had passed away, including a statement from the band remembering him as “one of the greatest drummers of his generation.”

A short time later,  Mick Jagger tweeted a simple photo of Watts behind his drum kit laughing.

Beatle Paul McCartney posted a video message in which he offered his condolences to Watts’ family and the band saying, “He was a lovely guy. I knew he was ill, but I didn’t know he was this ill.”

“Charlie was a rock and a fantastic drummer. Steady as a rock.”

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In 2014, Watts gave a surprise performance at the Ellington Jazz Club in Perth after their concert was cancelled over the news that Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott had died.

Watts had slipped through the kitchen before he was invited on stage by Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries, who had already arranged to perform at the club with backing singer Bernard Fowler, and treated the crowd to a couple of numbers, including an instrumental version of Honky Tonk Woman.

Charlie Watts in 1964. He and the rest of the the group were at a London studio to appear on the TV show, ‘Ready Steady Go!’

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The musician, who marked his 80th birthday in June, had been a member of the Stones since 1963.

He passed away peacefully in a London hospital surrounded by his family.

 

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