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The First Time with Charlie Watts

 
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:56 pm    Post subject: The First Time with Charlie Watts Reply with quote

The down to earth Charlie talking (in a repeat from last year) about his life and the music he loves ...

He never wanted to be Elvis Presley ...he just wanted to be a black man playing jazz in a club in New York

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: 50 years of the Rolling Stones we revisit the First Time with Charlie Watts.

Jagger's ego might always occupy the centre stage, and Richards is the archetypal elegantly wasted rocker - but the heart of The Rolling Stones has to be drummer Charlie Watts.

His distinctive and deceptively powerful drumming has propelled the group throughout their career and countless hits. Stones members may come and go, but as "Keef" himself admits: no Charlie? No Stones.

In this rare interview with Matt Everitt, Charlie tells of his life as the least rock 'n' roll but always charming Stone. With his deadpan with and laconic style, Charlie recalls his pre-Stones career; and the early, starving bedsit days of what would become one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands in the world; as well as the roots of his over-riding passion, jazz.
He also sheds a light on his role within the complex relationships within the group; their golden years of recording; his own brief but hard-fought battle with heroin; and whether the Stones would, or could ever, tour again.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b018h4fr
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife used to work with Charlie's niece. My son, who's a big Stones fan, was sceptical about this and asked her if she could get "Uncle Charlie's" autograph. She said she could. My wife reminded her of this as our son's birthday approached, and a few days before the day a signed photograph was presented to him - with a personal message from Charlie himself.

She has told us that Charlie really doesn't like the rock 'n roll lifestyle and that after a gig all he wants is to have a cup of tea and go to bed.

They're working on a tour next year, by the way!

Anyway, Keef is right: No Charlie, no Stones. His drumming is fabulous - witness the constant rhythm that underpins "Get Off My Cloud". Brilliant.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
My wife used to work with Charlie's niece. My son, who's a big Stones fan, was sceptical about this and asked her if she could get "Uncle Charlie's" autograph. She said she could. My wife reminded her of this as our son's birthday approached, and a few days before the day a signed photograph was presented to him - with a personal message from Charlie himself.

She has told us that Charlie really doesn't like the rock 'n roll lifestyle and that after a gig all he wants is to have a cup of tea and go to bed.

They're working on a tour next year, by the way!

Anyway, Keef is right: No Charlie, no Stones. His drumming is fabulous - witness the constant rhythm that underpins "Get Off My Cloud". Brilliant.


He says as much in the programme.

Lovely of him to take the time to send a personal message as well as the signed photograph.... Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
Lovely of him to take the time to send a personal message as well as the signed photograph.... Cool


It was indeed. My son was over the moon - and the picture (which I had framed before he received it) has pride of place in his house now.
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