Shortly afterwards, Watts left Blues Incorporated, citing its hectic schedule. A trained commercial artist, Watts found work at the advertising firm of Charles Hobson and Grey. However, in January 1963, Watts was persuaded to join the Rolling Stones as a drummer (also keeping his day job for several months thereafter). Watts remains a member of the Rolling Stones to this day.
There are many instances where Jagger and Richards have lauded Watts as the key member of The Rolling Stones. Richards went so far as to say in a 2005 Guitar Player magazine interview that the Rolling Stones would not be, or could not continue as, the Rolling Stones without Watts. An example of Watts' importance was demonstrated in 1991 when Bill Wyman left the band after years of deliberation. After auditioning several bassists, Jagger and Richards asked Watts to choose the new bass player; he selected the respected session musician Darryl Jones, who had been a sideman for both Miles Davis and Sting. In business, Watts, along with Richards, Jagger and Wood, owns a piece of The Rolling Stones corporate entities.
In 1989, the Rolling Stones, including Watts, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also, in the July 2006 issue of Modern Drummer, Charlie Watts was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame, along with the likes of Steve Gadd, Keith Moon, Buddy Rich and other greats. He now lives in Dolton, a rural village in Devon, and owns an Arabian horse stud farm.
Watts has expressed a love-hate attitude toward touring. In Canada's Macleans magazine, he told interviewer Brian Johnson that he has had a compulsive habit for decades of actually sketching every new hotel room he occupies – and its furnishings – immediately upon entering it. He stated he keeps every sketch, but still doesn't know why he feels the compulsion to do this.
Watts' personal life has outwardly appeared to be substantially quieter than those of his bandmates and many of his rock and roll colleagues. Although he is often thought to be a reserved and steady influence on The Rolling Stones, he has suffered from a variety of touring life hazards. Published anecdotes from Bill Wyman and Keith Richards have described Watts in the 1970s passing out after being awake for several days from too much good cheer, falling into a full spaghetti dinner. A famous anecdote has him punching a drunken Mick Jagger in a hotel in the mid-1980s. After a full night of partying, Jagger phoned Watts' hotel room early in the morning asking where "his drummer" was. Watts reportedly got up, shaved, got dressed in a custom-made suit, put on a crisply knotted tie and freshly shined shoes, came downstairs, and punched him, saying "Don't ever call me your drummer again. You're my fucking singer!"
Ever faithful to his wife Shirley, Watts consistently refused sexual favors from groupies on the road and discussed his regular bouts of insomnia incurred from not sharing his bed with his wife in Robert Greenfield's STP: A Journey through America with The Rolling Stones, a document of their 1972 American Tour. When the group held court at the Playboy Mansion during that tour, Watts famously took advantage of Hugh Hefner's renowned game room rather than frolic with the women. Since the late 1980s his wife, daughter and granddaughter have frequently joined him for parts of tours.
Watts has spoken openly about a period in the mid-1980s when his previously-moderate use of alcohol and drugs became problematic: "[My drug and alcohol problems were] my way of dealing with [family problems] ... Looking back on it, I think it was a mid-life crisis. All I know is that I became totally another person around 1983 and came out of it about 1986. I nearly lost my wife and everything over my behaviour." Watts is noted for his tasteful personal wardrobe: the British newspaper The Telegraph has named him one of the World's Best Dressed Men. In 2006 Vanity Fair elected Watts into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame, joining his style icon, Fred Astaire.
He is a vegetarian.
US #14 [6 wks] (Billboard Top Jazz Albums)
US #19 [10 wks] (Billboard Top Jazz Albums)
US #6 [15 wks] (Billboard Top Jazz Albums)
UK #86 [2 wks]; US #10 [13 wks] (Billboard Top Jazz Albums)
1991 : Vol pour Sidney(two tracks) (Charlie Watts with Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Brian Lemon, Dave Green)
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