Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The First Time With... Charlie Watts

THE FIRST TIME WITH... CHARLIE WATTS (320kbs-m4a/132mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 9th December 2017

Charlie Watts discusses the musical milestones of his life in an interview with Matt Everitt first broadcast in 2011.

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. Other members may come and go, but as Keith himself admits: no Charlie? No Stones.

In this rare interview, Charlie tells of his life as the least rock 'n' roll, but always charming Stone. With his deadpan with and laconic style, he recalls his pre-Stones career; and the early, starving-in-a-bedsit days of what would become one of the greatest bands in the world; as well as the roots of his overriding passion, jazz.

He also sheds a light on his role in 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.

The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black [ABKCO]
The Four Aces - Three Coins In The Fountain [Good Music]
Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Walkin' Shoes
Alexis Korner - Watermelon Man (Radio 1 Session 1965) [BMG]
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated - Hoochie Coochie Man
The Rolling Stones - Come On [London]
The Rolling Stones - Little Red Rooster [London]
The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (BBC Session 20 Aug 1965)
Sonny Rollins - Someone To Watch Over Me
The Rolling Stones - All Down The Line [Polydor]
Billy Strayhorn - Take The "A" Train (Live At Newport 1956) [Music & Memories]
The Rolling Stones - Sway [CBS]
The Beatles - I Am The Walrus [Apple]
Charlie Parker - Just Friends

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