The Kinks — Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory — have issued statements paying tribute to late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.
Each member’s statement was shared in a post to The Kinks’ Facebook page. Ray Davies recalled a story of Watts joining the Stones saying, “I was in a pub in Soho where musicians used to get gigs. Charlie Watts was at a table finishing up his drink and he said, ‘I have been asked to join The Rolling Stones,’ and I said, “Do it; they’re a good band.’ Charlie was a classy guy, knew his Jazz, unmistakable style, good bloke and will be greatly missed.”
Dave Davies’ statement read, “In total shock. Charlie Watts was a lovely guy. He will be sorely missed. Deepest sympathy to his wife, the band and all his family and friends. I knew him a bit. I used to meet him on the train when I used to go to Devon years and years ago. He was a great drummer and a great guy. A one-off. Sorry, Charlie.”
Avory’s statement was short, but sweet saying, “What sad news about Charlie ….. the look and feel of the Stones will never be the same without him…. Irreplaceable.”
Watts passed away yesterday (August 24) at the age of 80. His cause of death has not been confirmed, but per the statement announcing his death, “He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”
Watts joined the Rolling Stones in January 1963 and played on all 30 of their studio albums. Earlier this month, the Stones announced Watts would be sitting out their upcoming United States tour citing an undisclosed medical issue. Up until then, he hadn’t missed a single performance since joining the band.