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Charlie Watts

About the Artist

Joining the 'Stones in 1963 Charlie Watts has proven to be one of the most influential drummers of our time. For nearly four decades he has kept the heartbeat of "The Worlds Greatest Rock & Roll Band", and always from behind a four piece Gretsch drum kit.

As Charlie puts it,"I've always used Gretsch". "I still use the same one that Max Roach advertised you should buy, which was the soft tom-tom, bass drum, deep tom-tom, and a snare drum".

His success has come with the Rolling Stones yet he's considered a swing drummer by many of his peers. More recently, he has put together several successful solo project including a 32 piece big band and the Charlie Watts Quintet.

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