Paul McCartney, Elton John & Pete Townshend Post Tributes To Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts’ Death

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Just minutes after the news of Charlie Watts’ passing broke, the Rolling Stones posted a statement from the drummer’s publicist expressing “immense sadness” at his passing and remembering him as “one of the greatest drummers of his generation.”

Hours later, Mick Jagger tweeted an appropriately laconic tribute to his recently-deceased bandmate and man of few words. The Stones frontman posted a simple photo of Watts behind his drum kit laughing.

Beatle Paul McCartney posted a video message in which he offered his condolences to Watts’ family and the band saying, “He was a lovely guy. I knew he was ill, but I didn’t know he was this ill.”

McCartney then went on to characterize Watts as a musician.

“Charlie was a rock,” said McCartney, “and a fantastic drummer. Steady as a rock.”

Friend Elton John called Watts, “the ultimate drummer.” The sartorially-minded John also remembered Watts as, “The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company.”

Who legend Pete Townshend recalled that Watts cried at Keith Moon’s funeral lamenting, “I wish I was capable of such tears today. Instead I just want to say goodbye. Not a rock drummer, a jazz drummer really, and that’s why the Stones swung like the Basie band!!”

The official Who Twitter account paid tribute with a lone photo of Watts with a quizzical look on his face.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr wrote, “God bless Charlie Watts we’re going to miss you man peace and love to the family,” and followed with a second post with just a photo of himself and Watts chatting.

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