Birthday tributes have been pouring in all day for Charlie Watts, as the Rolling Stones drummer turns 78.
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As fans celebrate the iconic drummer’s birthday, members of the Stones have also taken to social media to wish Watts a happy birthday.
Mick Jagger wrote: “Happy birthday dearest Charlie, love Mick,” as well as sharing a throwback picture of the pair. “Happy Birthday Charlie,” Ronnie Wood tweeted, sharing a more recent pic of them together.
Happy birthday dearest Charlie, love Mick. pic.twitter.com/uuP6qGMBOo
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) June 2, 2019
Happy Birthday Charlie ? ? ? pic.twitter.com/JIhUJFVJAT
— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) June 2, 2019
The official Rolling Stones Twitter account posted: “Happy birthday to the heartbeat of the Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts.”
Happy birthday to the heartbeat of the Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts ??? pic.twitter.com/s8X7YjiaNR
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) June 2, 2019
Inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame, and ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone‘s 2016 ‘100 Greatest Drummers of All Time’ list, Charlie Watts has long been identified as one of rock’s greatest drummers.
Not just the drummer though, Watts has worn many hats throughout his tenure with The Rolling Stones. When the band formed in January of 1963, Watts used his skills as a graphic artist to design album artwork and tour set-ups during the early years.
Check out more birthday wishes from friends and fans below:
Happy Birthday Charlie Watts (1941), English drummer who joined The Rolling Stones in 1963 and had the US No.1 single 'Satisfaction' and over 35 Top 40 singles and albums. Watts was elected into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame. Drummers and musicians, describe Charlie's style. pic.twitter.com/pQWPyXrEfi
— Ken Calvert (@kencalvertshow) June 2, 2019
Happy Birthday Charlie Watts✨ pic.twitter.com/PC5zQnq9kQ
— Robin (@lb2028k) June 2, 2019
happy birthday to my sweet charlie watts. i love you much and hope your day is as lovely as you are <3 pic.twitter.com/5BS2HRtofh
— emily (@deansmercury) June 2, 2019
Happy 78th birthday, Charlie Watts. The raw animation, and organic, dynamic, compelling rhythms of your drumming skills drove the Rolling Stones to be one of the greatest inspiring rock bands of all time. Thank you for being a phenomenal drummer.#CharlieWatts#TheRollingStones pic.twitter.com/NJ6lZSQosP
— Mark Preston (@MarkPreston2112) June 2, 2019
"He’s a very secretive man, I think it’s just him. I don’t think he does anything particularly. That is just Charlie. That’s what’s so amazing about the man. It’s my privilege to play with #CharlieWatts.”#KeithRichards pic.twitter.com/nIR1ZJEnav
— Ragtime Willie (@ragtime_willie) June 2, 2019
— Classic Rock In Pics (@crockpics) June 2, 2019
happy birthday to the one and only charlie watts !!! thank you for everything you’ve given us, and for being the heartbeat of the rolling stones. we love you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/cTpr2VF0IW
— bethany (@inthefIoyd) June 2, 2019
— Sprawdzić, czy nie ksiądz #SilniRazem (@nie_czy) June 2, 2019
Happy Birthday to my favorite drummer Charlie Watts. We should all carry ourselves with as much grace as Charlie. pic.twitter.com/n7ISalz63o
— Chip Whitson (@Chiprockabilly) June 2, 2019
Happy Birthday, Charlie Watts! The heart of the Rolling Stones turns 78 years old today. Here he is on the classic album cover of GET YER YA-YA's OUT! How much do you love Charlie?#rollingstones #therollingstones #charliewatts #7thAveStones #GetYerYaYasOut pic.twitter.com/MqhfywlQLn
— Can't Give It Away on Seventh Avenue (@7thAveStones) June 2, 2019
— Charo Fernández (@Charofernandezr) June 2, 2019
“For some reason at 12 or 13, I just heard Gerry Mulligan and fell in love with that, whatever it was called.”
— Mark W. (@DurhamWASP) June 2, 2019
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) June 2, 2019
ATTENTION EVERYONE VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE COMING
today's the 78th birthday of the one and only superior member of the Stones, my man Charlie Watts
happy birthday love? pic.twitter.com/QRX6vsMfPs
— fra; /stream rubber soul? (@gulfwindss) June 2, 2019
The Verve’s 1997 single sampled a four-second segment of Andrew Loog Oldham’s orchestral recording from the Stones’ ‘The Last Time’. Permission was gained for use of the recording, but permission for the use of the song was overlooked. The only deal Ashcroft could reach that allowed him to keep ‘Urban Hymns’, the album the song featured on, on shelves was to sign away all of his rights and royalties to the track.